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Tributes to Fort George soldier who died suddenly

Soldiers at Fort George near Inverness.
Soldiers at Fort George near Inverness.

Tributes have been paid to a soldier who died suddenly at Fort George barracks at Ardersier.

Corporal Joe Basman, 26, originally from South Africa, had recently been given British Citizenship.

He died on Wednesday and the MOD confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances.

Corporal Bosman had served six years in 3 SCOTS. He was due to leave the army and move in with his fiancee.

An Army spokesman said: “Corporal Joe Bosman joined the Army in 2012. On the successful completion of his basic training he joined The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS).

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“During six years of service, Corporal Bosman deployed with 3 SCOTS on Op Vocate – Training Libyan Armed Forces in UK –  and Op Tosca – the UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus. He has also deployed on Overseas Training Exercises to Jordan and Kenya.

“More recently he was a member of the Recce Platoon, Delta Company and completed an arduous Light Role Reconnaissance Patrolman’s Cadre in Otterburn, UK.

“Corporal Bosman was a charismatic Section Commander in the Recce Pl and a positive influence on his section.

“A personable individual whose friendship transcended both rank and age. A steadfast member of the platoon, Joe’s sociable nature placed him at the head and butt of jokes in equal measure. He was a proud soldier who constantly strived for success.

“A captivating individual, trusted and reliable, Joe’s friendships in the battalion were only surpassed by his love for his fiancee and his family. Our thoughts are with her and all of Joe’s family and friends.”

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Meanwhile major Nick Colquhoun, acting commanding officer, The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said Cpl Basman had proved his capablities while working on operations and exercices in both the UK and overseas.

He said: “A section commander in the Reconnaissance Platoon, he was known to me as a highly capable, charismatic and above all professional Non-Commissioned Officer.

“Popular and widely respected – both within Delta company and throughout the Battalion as a whole – Joe’s death has deeply shocked us all; he will be greatly missed.  At this tragic time, my heartfelt thoughts and prayers are very much with Joe’s family, his fiancee, and his friends; their loss I can only begin to imagine.”

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