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Corporal William Savage, Fusilier Samuel Flint and Private Robert Hetherington killed in Afghanistan

May 2, 2013

It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Corporal William Savage and Fusilier Samuel Flint, both from 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, and Private Robert Hetherington, from 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, died of injuries sustained in Afghanistan on Tuesday 30 April 2013.

Corporal William Savage, Fusilier Sam Flint and Private Robert Murray Hetherington

Clockwise from top right: Corporal William Savage, Fusilier Sam Flint and Private Robert Murray Hetherington [Picture: via MOD]

The soldiers were part of a patrol travelling along Route 611 between Forward Operating Base Ouellette and Patrol Base Lashkar Gah Durai in the Nahr-e Saraj district when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. They were evacuated by air to the military hospital at Camp Bastion, where it was confirmed that they had been killed in action.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said:

I was deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of these soldiers, each highly praised and respected by their colleagues and commanders. It is clear from the tributes paid to them that they were exceptional men who served their country with distinction. My thoughts go out to the families and friends of these brave men at this very difficult time.

Brigadier Rupert Jones, Commander of Task Force Helmand, said:

The loss of these 3 brave Scottish soldiers comes as a great blow to everyone in the Task Force, but leaves us all the more determined in our task to do justice to their memory. Their families are in our thoughts and I hope that they can draw a little comfort from the affection in which Corporal Savage, Fusilier Flint and Private Hetherington were held by their brothers-in-arms and from the courage they displayed.

Continues at: GOV.UK – Corporal William Savage, Fusilier Samuel Flint and Private Robert Hetherington killed in Afghanistan

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  1. May 2, 2013 15:15

    Thank you to these brave men and their families for their extraordinary service and sacrifice .
    Our soldiers in Afghanistan are giving their all as they always do but in my opinion they are being let down by the government at home, setting them up with poor generals and a weak plan.

    Road-side bombs again guys and it’s an attack that works for the Taliban just because we haven’t secured the few main highways we must use by building a secure perimeter around the road – barbed wire, guard posts, minefields – and thereby keeping the enemy far away from the road at all times.

    Instead, our generals have for years stuck with the same old bad patrolling plan and so the enemy just watches the road and after one patrol has passed and before the next patrol arrives, the enemy times it correctly to sneak up to the road and lay their road-side bombs.

    The enemy can sneak up to the road so easily because they don’t have to cross a minefield, they don’t have to penetrate barbed wire and there isn’t guard posts with guards with machine guns watching over the land either side of the road 24/7, defending the approaches to the road the whole length of the road.

    Then the next patrol or some other vehicle later on comes along the road and gets blown up by the road-side bomb we failed to stop the enemy planting in the first place.

    I have published an alternative plan – a Secure supply routes plan in full in the topic Military strategy against the Taliban in Afghanistan & Pakistan in the Republican Intelligence forum.

    My solution creates a secure perimeter for the supply roads our forces need to use.

    Mine is not a plan for the small side-roads far away from the highways. We don’t have to use these side-roads to supply our main bases. We should only have our main bases next to the main supply roads. We should not have isolated bases which are difficult to supply. We need to abandon those isolated bases in bandit territory and fight the enemy there using air-power, aerial bombing, drones, attack helicopters, airborne raids and so on. There’s no need to drive to those out-of-the-way hideouts the enemy has.

  2. May 2, 2013 15:35

    Sadness that our present world dictates that we should have the need for a theater of operation in Afghanistan. Sadness and with heavy heart we see three more young men make the ultimate sacrifice. “Scotland the Brave” comes to mind. United Kingdom we stand. United we grieve. United we remember. United we pray for your safe return.
    Sir John Roberts of Kandahar

  3. May 2, 2013 17:23

    We are sad for the death of buddies, but, on same time, we remember them with serenity, knowning they are nowliving the second phase of live:the eternity. now they are on the reign of The father and are praying for us all. My condoences are for you, buddies, and their families. we are remembering them with serenity, on our hearts. My thougths and prayers are for the fallens and for we all. what render your death diffiicult to accept are the circumstances. But, ever all, is our faith, our hope, and our security God is ligthing them and aiding us to have serenity. Their ultimate sacrifice is for us a teaching they have done us and we appreciate and valorize. claudio alpaca

  4. Barry Sheridan permalink
    May 2, 2013 18:18

    To lose Corporal William Savage, Fusilier Samuel Flint and Private Robert Hetherington in this manner is devastating blow, firstly and most importantly to their families, but also to all their friends both inside and outside of the regiments in which they served. My deepest sympathies go to all, though I have long been conscious that this seems rather an inadequate tribute. RIP.

  5. Gloria Bergstrom permalink
    May 2, 2013 18:21

    Prayers go out to the spirits of these beautiful young men and their families. Cannot make sense of these horrible wars.

  6. mo3andjo7 permalink
    May 2, 2013 18:36

    OUR HEARTS AND OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILIES, FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES OF THREE FINE BRAVE YOUNG SOLDIERS. WE ALSO PRAY FOR THE WOUNDED THAT ARE NOW BEEN TAKEN CARE OF BY THE NURSING STAFF OF THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL. OUR THANKS GO TO THE DOCTORS AND NURSES AT CAMP BASTION ALSO. SO SAD – FROM THE MO AND JO TEAM IN SOMERSET

  7. doreen junghans permalink
    May 2, 2013 18:59

    so sad another 3 of our boys finished their tour early all our thoughts with their families

  8. May 2, 2013 20:31

    There are no words that anyone can say to the families and friends of these brave men, to ease their grief , we can onlysend our deepest sympathy and condolences at this so sad time, RIP .

  9. Alan Dillnutt permalink
    May 2, 2013 22:16

    It’s so sad to hear that three more of our brave lads have been K.I.A. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family’s and friends, “gone but will never be forgotten” may god bless them….. R.I.P. lads

  10. THE MO AND JO TEAM permalink
    May 7, 2013 16:42

    HOW RIGHT YOU ARE PETER. BUT LETS FACE IT, MORE THAN THE MAJORITY OF THE GENTS IN GOVERNMENT HAVE NOT WORN A MILITARY UNIFORM, ONLY PADDY OF COURSE. THE TALIBAN KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON. WARS ONLY CREATE MORE MEMORIALS AND GRAVESTONES AND BROKEN HEARTS!! SO SAD. WE CAN ONLY PRAY THAT OUR WONDED WILL HEAL AND THE FAMILIES AND THE COLLEAGUES OF THOSE GONE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. FROM THE MO AND JO TEAM IN BEAUTIFUL SUNNY SOERSET

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