Inquest into Afghan army killing of Scots soldier

Captain Walter Barrie with his son Callum. Picture: PA
Captain Walter Barrie with his son Callum. Picture: PA
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An inquest will be held today into the death of a British soldier who was shot dead by a rogue member of the Afghan army as he played in a football match on Remembrance Day.

Captain Walter Barrie was playing in a match between British soldiers and members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) at his base on November 11 last year when he was shot at close range in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province, the Ministry of Defence said.

Capt Barrie, from Glasgow, had been mentoring and advising a brigade of the ANA to take over security in an area of southern Afghanistan before he was killed in the “green-on-blue” attack.

The 41-year-old, of The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, had served for 25 years, including tours of Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan in 2008.

Following Capt Barrie’s death, his wife Sonia said: “Captain Walter Barrie was a great man, a doting and amazing father and a fantastic husband. He was much loved and will be missed by many.

Difficult time

“The family would ask that their privacy is respected during this very difficult time.”

Capt Barrie, who had a teenage son Callum, was described by the MoD as an “approachable and compassionate officer” who “cared deeply for the wellbeing of those around him and had unparalleled rapport with all ranks”.

Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Wrench, commanding officer of the Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said: “His role as an adviser to the Afghan army was one he trained for, looked forward to and performed superbly.”

Lieutenant Colonel Jim Archibald, Royal Regiment of Scotland, said Capt Barrie was a “fantastic, engaging and professional man” who was “universally popular and highly capable”.

He added: “Walter’s cutting, self-deprecating wit, easy-going manner and endearing personality will never be forgotten by all those who had the privilege and pleasure to have met and worked with him.”

The inquest will be heard at Oxford Coroner’s Court.