Scotland

Memorial Unveiled For 'Fantastic Soldier' Killed In Afghanistan

The memorial was opened at Stanley Primary School in Ardrossan, where Corporal William Savage studied as a boy.

A memorial, commemorating a British soldier who was killed in Afghanistan, has been unveiled in his hometown. 

Corporal William Savage, along with two other soldiers, was killed by an IED while on patrol in Helmand Province in March 2013.

On Monday, members of the Ardrossan community gathered at Corporal Savage's former school, Stanley Primary, for the unveiling of his memorial.

Family and friends laid flowers as The Last Post was played. 

"It's very important this town doesn't forget him," said Isobel Savage, Cpl Savage's mother.

"He won't be forgotten now...I'm just overwhelmed."

Cpl Savage was 30 years old when he was killed in Afghanistan.

He served with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and was a popular soldier.

Corporal William Savage was killed in Afghanistan in 2013.
Corporal William Savage was killed in Afghanistan in 2013.

Former comrades from 2 Scots were in attendance as the memorial was opened to the public.

"He was one of these characters who you just like them straight away, there wasn't anything you didn't like about him," said Captain Gerry McQuade.

"He actually brought the best out of people, he brought the best out of me as his Section Commander and that's very rare.

"It's very rare that young boys who join the battalion have that impact but he was pretty unique - he was a fantastic soldier and an even better person."

Corporal Savage's son, who he never got the chance to meet, also watched on.

The unveiling comes after months of campaigning by the Savage family.