is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence has
to confirm that Private Marc Ferns was killed in an
improvised explosive device attack in Basrah on 12 August
2004. Aged 21, he was single and serving with the 1st
Battalion The Black Watch, based at Warminster. He came
from Glenrothes in Fife, and had previously served in
Iraq with the Black Watch during the initial period
of major combat operations in the spring of 2003.
Colonel James Cowan, the Commanding Officer of the Black
Ferns died earlier this day as a result of enemy action.
His tragic death has saddened and shocked the Battalion.
Private Ferns had loyally served the Black Watch for
three years and had a bright future ahead of him.
He was an experienced, committed, professional and
very popular soldier who will be sorely missed by
all who knew him. Our sympathies and thoughts are
with his family at this time."
media are requested to respect his family's privacy
at this very difficult time.
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