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Byline: Sam Marsden

A BRITISH soldier who died in southern Afghanistan was remembered as the "toughest of men and the gentlest of friends".

Serjeant Phillip Scott, 30, of 3rd Battalion The Rifles, was killed by an improvised explosive device near Sangin in Helmand Province on Thursday morning.

He leaves behind his widow, Ellen, and children Ellie, three, and Michael, one. Sjt Scott, who lived with his family in Edinburgh, deployed to Afghanistan in September alongside his brother Robin, also a serjeant in 3 Rifles.

Known as Scotty to his friends, the soldier was born in Yorkshire and joined the Army in 2001.

He served in Iraq and Northern Ireland before being posted to the infantry training centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire, as an instructor.

His comrades described him as a "natural soldier" whose upbringing as a gamekeeper's son made him perfect for the role of reconnaissance.

His wife said: "My husband was a very brave man, loved by all his family."

Lieutenant Colonel Nick Kitson, commanding officer of 3 Rifles Battle Group, said: "Serjeant Scott was the toughest of men and the gentlest of friends."


'Natural soldier': Sjt Phillip Scott.
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Date:Nov 7, 2009
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