Ministry of Defence regrets to announce the death of
Lance Corporal Baz Stephen, who was 31 and from Perth.
He was a member of 1st Battalion, The Black Watch, and
was serving with his regiment in Southern Iraq when
he was killed in action on Monday 24 March while on
operation near Al Zubayr.
Corporal Stephen joined 1st Battalion, The Black Watch
in January 1997 and served in Northern Ireland, Germany
and the UK. Between 2000 and 2002, he was a member of
The Black Watch's Regimental Recruiting Team, based
in Perth. He was then called back to his Regiment in
Fallingbostel, Germany, to rejoin the mortar platoon.
Corporal Stephen's family has asked Sergeant Mark Hudson
of The Black Watch, a close family friend, to issue
the following statement on their behalf:
know I speak for Barry's family and all of his many
friends when I say that we are absolutely devastated
to learn of his death. He was a wonderful husband
and son as well as a great friend. I know he was very
proud to be a soldier and to wear the Red Hackle.
He loved the army, and both his family and I take
some comfort from knowing that he died a hero, doing
the job he loved. We will miss him dreadfully."
family have stated that they do not wish to speak to
the media directly and that their privacy is respected
at this sad and difficult time.
Corporal Stephen was awarded a posthumous Mention in
Despatches in the Operational Honours published on 31
October 2003, in recognition of the gallantry he displayed
during the action in which he fell.
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