Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon
Army

Tributes Made To 'Hugely Popular' British Soldier Killed In Iraq

Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon was one of three coalition service members killed in an attack on Camp Taji.

Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon

Tributes have been made to a British soldier, who was among three people killed after an attack on Camp Taji in Iraq on Wednesday.

Twenty-six-year-old Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon served as a reservist with the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry, combining her military work with a career as a self-employed sports physiotherapist.

The United States has since launched its own strikes targeting Iran-backed militia facilities suspected of carrying out the Camp Taji attack.

The Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry's commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel William Leek, described LCpl Gillon as "a hugely popular character".

"We are proud and humbled to have served with her in our ranks.

"She was a larger than life soldier who was determined to deploy on operations, help others, develop herself and gain practical experience.

"She had already achieved a great deal in her relatively short time with us and it was abundantly clear that she was destined for great things in her civilian and military careers.

"Her loss is keenly felt.

"My deepest condolences go to her family and loved ones. They are in my thoughts and prayers, and those of the wider regimental family."

Welcome to Camp Taji sign in Iraq
The attack happened at Camp Talbi in Iraq on Wednesday.

LCpl Gillon's squadron leader in A Squadron, Major Craig Powers said: "LCpl Brodie Gillon will be remembered with great fondness as an utterly professional soldier, an outstanding medic, and loyal friend to all in A (Ayrshire) Squadron. 

"She was a hugely popular and very much respected member of the Squadron.

"She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with her whole family."

Major General Celia Harvey, Deputy Commander Field Army, said LCpl Gillon was "fulfilling a long-term ambition" to serve in Iraq, and described the reservist as a "much-loved soldier".

"She was a soldier who showed fantastic commitment and determination, combined with a fun-loving personality," said Maj Gen Harvey.

"On behalf of the British Army, I offer my deepest condolences to LCpl Gillon’s family and loved ones for their loss.

"She made the ultimate sacrifice and will always be remembered."

WATCH: Johnny Mercer described Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon's death as a 'tragedy'.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace described LCpl Gillon as a "shining example of what our Armed Forces and Reserves stand for".

Johnny Mercer, Minister for Defence People and Veterans described her death a "tragedy" and a "timely reminder of what we ask our service people to do".

Cover image: Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon (Picture: MOD).