Captain Walter Barrie's funeral due to be held

The funeral of a soldier shot dead by a rogue member of the Afghan army as he played football on Remembrance Day is to be held.

Capt Walter Barrie was playing in a match between British soldiers and members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) at their base in Helmand province when he was shot at close range.

The 41-year-old, from Glasgow, was described as a "great man" by his wife.

His funeral will be held in Penicuik, Midlothian.

Mourners will gather for a service at Glencorse Kirk, which will be followed by a private burial.

His wife Sonia said Capt Barrie had been a "doting and amazing father" to his 15-year-old son Callum.

Capt Barrie, of The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 Scots), had been mentoring and advising a brigade of the ANA to take over security in an area of southern Afghanistan.

He had been deployed to Afghanistan on 31 August and was killed on 11 September.

He had served for 25 years, including tours of Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan.

His colleagues in the Army called him a "brilliant bloke" and a "soldiers' soldier", with the Ministry of Defence describing him as an "approachable and compassionate officer" who cared deeply for the wellbeing of those around him.
 

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