HEADLINE: DEAD SOLDIER ‘LOVED LIFE IN ARMY’
The Mirror, 01/11/2004, p2
by Shaun Milne
PREPARATIONS were last night under way to bring home the body of the latest British soldier to die in Iraq.
MoD chiefs named him as Kevin McHale, 27, of the 1st Battalion, The Black Watch.
He died and three others were injured when his Warrior armoured fighting vehicle overturned in the desert.
They are the first casualties suffered by the battle group since its move north to relieve US troops in Iraq’s so-called Triangle of Death.
The death and injuries happened on Friday, some 20 miles outside Camp Dogwood, where the 850-strong British force is replacing US troops. An investigation into the incident is being carried out by the military.
Pte McHale’s devastated family gathered at his parents’ home in Lochgelly, Fife, over the weekend.
It’s hoped his funeral will take place within a week.
He had been in The Black Watch for five years, mainly as a driver and serving in Kosovo as well as Iraq. Pte McHale’s mother Elizabeth said: “He absolutely loved the Army and we will miss him enormously.
“Kevin was a loving and caring son. I could not have asked for a better son.”
* A BRITISH soldier was found dead at a base in Basra yesterday.
He did not die due to enemy action, the MoD said.
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