Squaddie beaten unconscious by vicious gang

By Paul Thornton

A SQUADDIE suffered a horrific beating at a gang of yobs as he walked back to his barracks on Saturday morning.

The 20-year-old private was knocked out and left with a broken nose and a fractured jaw after a savage attack by a group of men in the early hours of the morning.

Police said the gang set about the soldier – part of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland – as he returned to the Glencorse Barracks in Penicuik, Midlothian.

The vicious pack kicked and punched the serviceman – a chef attached to 2 Scots – to the ground where they beat him unconscious and left him for dead.

The attack happened on Loanburn Avenue, near the junction of Eastfield Drive – just a mile from the barracks which are home to the battalion, who look set to head to Afghanistan in the autumn.

A woman found the squaddie staggering to his feet and helped him back to his barracks before he was raced by ambulance to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.

After being checked over for a broken nose and a fractured jaw he was left in the care of army medics and is said to be recovering at the barracks today.

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Hero’s mum and dad to meet the Queen

By Paul Thornton

THE parents of a hero soldier who was killed in Afghanistan are to meet the Queen as facilities at an army base are named after their son.

Mark Wright was just 27 when he was killed while trying to save the lives of his fellow soldiers on September 6, 2006.

Corporal Wright was killed while on duty with the 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment, in Helmand Province.

The Dalkeith man was posthumously awarded the George Cross for gallantry and his parents, Bobby and Jem, have set-up a charity for the families of the servicemen and women in his name.

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Proud mum welcomes back soldier son

By Paul Thornton

A PROUD mum has spoken at her relief of seeing her soldier son return home safe and sound from Afghanistan this week – as she prepares to wave her other boy off to the same deadly war zone.

Linda Wight, 59, welcomed home son Chris after the 28-year-old came back with B Company 1 Scots as part of the 3 Rifles Battle Group which has just endured the bloodiest losses since the start of the campaign.

Chris returned just before the last of the battle group arrived home last Wednesday, with the force suffering 30 losses during their six month tour.

It was the SIXTH time Linda has welcomed a son home, with Chris also completing two earlier tours of Iraq and older brother Neil having come back from three visits to the Gulf.

But –with uncertainty hanging over where Catterick based Corporal Neil, 33, will be posted next – Linda insists that it never becomes any easier to say goodbye to her boys.

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