War in the Gulf: VILLAGE OF COURAGE; 11 men in `band of brothers' who are overseas fighting Saddam.
THIS is Scotland's Band of Brothers - 11 soldiers from the same village serving in the Gulf.
The servicemen grew up together in High Valleyfield, Fife, and all still live in the area.
Last summer, they were all together for the wedding of Black Watch soldier David McBride.
Yesterday, his wife Angela said: "They would do anything for each other.
"If Saddam wants to fight one of them, he'll have to fight them all."
David, 24, and eight others are members of the Black Watch.
The two other members of the unique group are in the Parachute Regiment and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
Angela, speaking at her home in the village of 3000 people, said: "The guys were at our wedding last summer. They get on so well."
While her husband is taking on Saddam's regime, she is redecorating before the arrival in July of a little sister or brother for son Cole. She said: "David is a great dad and he's in for a great surprise.
"He'll have a second child and a freshly decorated house waiting for him when he gets home."
Angela's mum, Mary Candlish, whose 20-year-old son Barry, has served in the Army for four years, summed up the village mood.
She explained: "All the boys know each other and they joined the regiment at roughly the same time.
"They are like a band of brothers and the families get on really well."
Mary, 43, added: "Of course we are all very worried about the lads but we know they will look after each other."
Barry is fighting alongside his best friend, 22-year-old Barry Hanlon and the pair live just yards away from each other
Stevie Airzee has his wife Tracey and their three children - Paula, Caitlin and Cameron - waiting at home for him.
Last night, his mum Maureen said: "We heard from him the day war broke out, but nothing since. At the moment though, no news is probably good news."
Paratrooper Daniel Jarvie has served in Kosovo and Northern Ireland.
His dad John said he will be wellsuited to the situation in the Gulf.
John said: "Dan is great with people and if anyone can win the hearts and minds of the locals, he can.
"He's had lots of practice in other parts of the world."
Irene Middleton brought-up her grandson, Sean Jarvie, from the age of 13 and he is now a sniper.
She recalled: "He was a bit wild as a youngster but the Army knocked him into shape and he hasn't looked back since."
Michael Donelly's son Michael is a Lance Corporal serving in the Gulf, and he is convinced that his son's active lifestyle will help him deal with the gruelling conditions the troops face.
Michael senior said: "Michael loves the fitness side of army life.
"He's a sports fanatic who has learned to look after himself.
"I know that will stand him in good stead when the Black Watch make it to Baghdad."
PT. BARRY CANDLISH
Anti-tank platoon, C Company
We're all very proud of you. Come home safe, we're all missing you. Mum Mary and the whole family.
PT. DAVID McBRIDE
B Company signaller
Keep your head down everyone's thinking of you. Cole is very proud of his daddy. Wife Angela, son Cole and family.
L/CPL ROBERT SALMOND
C Company Keep your spirits up. Keep your promise to come back. Mum Agnes, brothers Jimmy, David, John and Steven. Sisters Mary and Sharon.
L/CPL SEAN JARVIE
Sniper, Brigade HQ Keep your head down and your mask on. Most of all stay safe. Mum Wilma, Irene, William, Daniel and Joanne.
PT. BARRY HANLON
C Company Thinking of you and missing you loads. Stay safe and wash your hands! Mum Yvonne, Steven, Paul and Gemma.
PT. STEVEN WATT
15 platoon, D Company There's a big party waiting for you when you get home. Stay safe we're really proud of you. Dad Alan, Isobel and the family.
CPL STEVIE AIRZEE
A Company Keep your hat on, don't trust anyone, there's a beer waiting for you at home. Dad Andy, Maureen, Tracey, Paula, Caitlin and Cameron.
PT. ROBERT JOHNSTON
CQMS stores, 1st Battalion We love you always. Take care of yourself and stay safe.
Dad Roy, Sharon, Jeannie and Wallace.
L/CPL MICHAEL DONNELLY
Keep your head down and come home safely. Mum Lynne, Dad Michael.
CPL DANIEL JARVIE
3 Para Keep you head down and come home safe, you and all the boys. Mum Kay, dad John.
PT GRAHAM GUNN
REME, attached to 7th Armoured Brigade
Missing you lots. We're all very proud of you and can't wait to see you again soon.
Mum Nina, Victoria, Hannah, Laura, Tracey and Neil.
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Apr 5, 2003|
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