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Highlander Scott McLaren killed in Afghanistan

July 6, 2011

It is with regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Highlander Scott McLaren from D Company, D Company, The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, was killed in Afghanistan on Monday 4 July 2011.

Highlander Scott McLaren. Picture: via MOD

Highlander Scott McLaren deployed to Afghanistan on 5 April 2011 as a Rifleman in D Company, 4th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland. His Multiple was temporarily attached to 1st Battalion The Rifles (1 RIFLES) Battlegroup and on 3 July 2011, they were deployed to Check Point SALAANG. They were helping to hold and secure a vital bridgehead in the Northern area of Nahr-e-Saraj (South) which had been established only the month before during Operation OMID HAFT. His Multiple was working for S Company, 1 RIFLES and he was at the forefront of the Operation to secure Nahr-e-Saraj (South) from the insurgency. On the morning of the 4 July 2011 Highlander McLaren was reported missing and was found later that day after an extensive search.

Born on 31 January 1991, Highlander McLaren was from the Sighthill area of Edinburgh. Having joined the Army on 23 August 2009 he underwent his initial training at the Infantry Training Centre at Catterick. Having successfully completed his basic training he was posted to B Company, 4 SCOTS based in Bad Fallingbostel, Germany.

Scott leaves behind his parents; James and Ann, sister Kirsty and brothers James and Ross. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time.

The Family of Highlander McLaren have made the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened by the news that our dear son Scott was killed in Afghanistan. We were extremely proud of Scott. He loved the Army and despite his short time in 4 SCOTS had made many friends.

“Scott was a beloved son to James and Ann and brother to Kirsty, James and Ross. His family and friends; Grandmother Evelyn, Uncle Graham, Aunty Heather and close friend Michael will miss him dreadfully. We will always be thinking of him.

“We would like to thank everybody for their support and kindness at this time.”

Lieutenant Colonel Alastair Aitken MBE, Commanding Officer of Combined Force Lashkar Gah and The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland said:

“Highlander Scott McLaren deployed to Afghanistan in April 2011 as part of D Company, 4 SCOTS. After an initial period of operating in support of the Afghan National Police in Patrol Base Yellow 14, he was attached to a patrol that was sent to reinforce the 1 RIFLES Battlegroup at Check Point SALAANG. His Patrol had played a key part in bringing security to this crucial area of Helmand over the past month; including being responsible for a major find of bomb making equipment and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) components.

“Scott McLaren, from Edinburgh, joined the Army in August 2009 and after completing his training he was posted to The Highlanders, 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland in Germany where he completed a demanding year of training for Afghanistan.

“Fit and an extremely accomplished runner, he quickly became the most reliable and conscientious member of his platoon, always happy to take on extra work and always the first to volunteer for any task. Known to his friends in the Battalion as “F1”, he was a man with a big heart and a true friend to many, whether it be taking on extra work or going the extra mile to help his friends in their time of need, he was trusted by all and genuinely had a heart of gold. Whether on exercise, on operations or just on a night out with his friends he was a man who put 100 percent in to everything he did with a real sense of dedication to both work and colleagues. Quiet and reserved, he had the true grit and determination of a traditional Highlander; when the times got tougher it was always “F1” who was still standing at the end.

“He leaves a gap in his Platoon, his Company and the Battalion and he will be sorely missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents; James and Ann and also with Kirsty, James and Ross.”

To read the full Eulogy for Highlander Scott McLaren, click HERE or on the image above.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Donna Shefford permalink
    July 6, 2011 12:38

    R.I.P brave hero,as a mum of a serving soldier,my heart and prayers to family and friends,gone but never to be forgotton,another golden angel looking over our boys and girls xxx

  2. Barry Sheridan permalink
    July 6, 2011 14:18

    This loss like others is a major blow for his family and serving comrades. As always my thoughts are with those who knew him well.RIP.

  3. Michael Rees-Prichett permalink
    July 6, 2011 16:24

    Another very sad loss of a fine young man. Hope that this time it will not take an interminable amount of time for his family to know the truth of how and why he died.

  4. hectoranibal permalink
    July 6, 2011 22:45

    que pena un muchacho tan joven ,pero ese es el destino del soldado,nunca se sabe cuando regresas. como ex soldado y desde argentina mis respetos a la familia y amigos

    Message translates as: “what a shame such a young boy, but that is the fate of the soldier, you never know when you return. as a former soldier from Argentina my respects to family and friends”

  5. leeann permalink
    July 7, 2011 10:33

    rip .thinking of your family as well .my heart goes out to you all .xx

  6. Per Clausen permalink
    July 7, 2011 12:21

    R.I.P brave hero.

  7. July 26, 2011 14:42

    A poem by a student from Swindon after Scott’s repatriation through Wootton Bassett will be read at his funeral at midday, Tuesday 26 July.
    Read it at

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