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Football Match Held In Memory Of Soldier

A football match has been held to honour the fallen soldier Captain Walter Barrie.

Penicuik Public Park was home yesterday (June 8) to a commemorative charity football match between the local battalion, 2Scots, and another Scottish battalion, 5Scots.

Whilst the game was held in remembrance of Captain Walter Barrie, who was killed in an ‘insider attack’ in Afghanistan late last year (click for article), the teams battled to win. In the end, both teams were left satisfied with a one all draw.

However the outcome could have been somewhat different had the match been held on the return of the majority of 2Scots later this year. The deployment in March meant that the local team was missing some of its regular players and instead it had to use substitutes.

The away team from 5Scots, based in Canterbury, are touring the country before their regiment is reduced to just ceremonial duties later in the year.

Captain Walter Barrie was a Rangers FC fan, along with his son Callum. After his father’s death Callum received a signed shirt from the club. The shirt, which was inscribed with W.R Barrie, was signed by every player at Rangers.