Family pays tribute to soldier killed in Afghanistan

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EMOTIONAL tributes have been paid to an army officer who was shot dead by a rogue Afghan during a football match on Remembrance Sunday.

Captain Walter Reid Barrie, from Auchinloch, was taking part in a football match between British soldiers and members of the Afghan National Army at Forward Operating Base Shawqat in the Nad ‘Ali district of Helmand province when he was shot at close range by a member of the Afghan Army.

The 41-year-old was married to Sonia and they have a 15-year-old son Callum.

Walter served with The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Walter’s sister Donna said: “Walter was a great guy and a fantastic dad who loved his family very much.

“The army was his life. He wanted to join since he was a wee boy. He died doing a job he loved.

“He will be sadly missed by a lot of people.”

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