Tributes have been paid to the young soldier who died during a live firing exercise at a military facility in the Highlands.
Lance Corporal Joe Spencer was fatally injured in an incident involving a firearm at RAF on Tuesday evening.
The 24-year-old from Hampshire served with the 3rd Battalion The Rifles, which is based in the Edinburgh area.
He joined the army in February 2011 and completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan during Operation Herrick in 2012.
He had also completed exercises in Kenya and the United States as part of his military career.
Defence minister Mark Lancaster confirmed his identity yesterday, saying: “It is with deep sadness that I can confirm that Lance Corporal Joe Spencer from 3rd Battalion The Rifles died at RAF Tain on Tuesday. My thoughts are with Joe’s family, friends and colleagues at this terrible time.
“We are co-operating with the police investigation and looking into the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.”
LCpl Spencer’s regiment paid tribute through their official social media pages – with hundreds using the site to pay tribute to the soldier using the Rifles’ motto “swift and bold”.
The post said: “It is with deep sadness that The Rifles and our regimental family can confirm that Lance Corporal Joe Spencer from 3rd Battalion The Rifles died at RAF Tain on Tuesday.
“Our thoughts are with his family, friends and his brother riflemen. Swift and bold.”
Others described him as a “good soldier and a good lad”.
Another said LCpl Spencer was a “lovely bloke and a brilliant rifleman”.
A police investigation into the soldier’s death is ongoing.
More than 20 military personnel were involved in a day-long exercise at RAF Tain when LCpl Spencer was killed.
The base was immediately placed into lockdown as emergency services were called to the scene.
Around 30 detectives from around Scotland are involved in the investigation.
Both Prime Minister Theresa May and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon paid tribute to LCpl Spencer the morning after the tragedy.
In August, Black Watch soldier Conor McPherson, 24, was shot in the head during a live firing exercise at night at Otterburn in Northumberland.