is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence has
to confirm the death of Private Jason Smith in southern
Iraq on 13 August. The cause of his death is the subject
of an investigation but was not the result of enemy
32, Jason Smith had served with the Territorial Army
since 1992 and came from Hawick. A soldier in the 52nd
Lowland Regiment, he was serving in Iraq attached to
the 1st Battalion, The King's Own Scottish Borderers.
He was unmarried but had a long-term partner.
Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Jim Wilson, said:
Smith was a very well liked and much respected member
of 52nd Lowland Regiment and of D Company. He joined
the Regiment in October 1992 and, since then, has
taken part enthusiastically in all regimental activities,
including exercises in Cyprus and Slovakia, demonstrating
great commitment to the unit. He genuinely loved being
a member of the TA and was thoroughly excited at being
mobilised. He saw it as his chance to do his job for
real and to contribute to the restoration of Iraq.
He will be sadly missed by all his friends and colleagues
in the Regiment."
thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends
at this very difficult time.
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