Friday, October 2, 2009

Scottish soldiers set off on tour of duty in Helmand, Afghanistan

Scottish soldiers set off on tour of duty in Helmand, Afghanistan

The first soldiers from the Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS) are setting off on a tour of duty in Helmand Province.

The battalion's B company left Dreghorn Barracks in Edinburgh yesterday evening, 30 September 2009, heading to RAF Brize Norton for a flight to Afghanistan, where they will be deployed as part of 3 RIFLES Battlegroup.

About 100 soldiers will make up the deployment and it is the first time they have been posted to the area.

Commanding officer Lt Col Charlie Herbert said the troops were both apprehensive and excited at the move. "I think on the whole there is a real air of excitement in B Company about the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead for them," he said.

"This is largely what they joined for. It's what they have trained for over the past six to nine months. Ultimately it is what they are good at."

However, he admitted there was also a slight air of apprehension. "This is a new operational theatre for soldiers from 1 SCOTS," he said.

"It is a new experience, going to Afghanistan , although they have got a lot of operational experience from Iraq.

"One must not forget they are leaving behind their families for a six-month period so there is always a slight air of unhappiness, tinged, as I said, with that element of excitement."


  1. Look forward to more news of 1 Scots.

    I have a good friend serving with them over there, Pte Aarron Mitchell.

  2. Hi Aarron,
    I,m an ex Royal civilianised in 1988. Just wondered how you and the boys are doing over there.Paid a visit to Lydd was with Col Herbert, Maj. Perkins amongst others for a three hr. for a rough guide on what you are doing.
    I would like to send parcells over but coffee, baby wipes and fudge every time might get boring. So if you let me know of anything else you may need, i,ll do my best to help out.
    My name is Peter Kilgallon.
    Email is
    A box will be sent to you to confirm my my intentions are genuine. So good luck to you and the lads, keep up the good work, we think of you always.
    Peter Kilgallon.