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Naming the dead

Issue No. 1987

The Aberdeen vigil (Pic: Christian Kramer)

The Aberdeen vigil (Pic: Christian Kramer)


The family of Lance Corporal Allan Douglas, the 99th British soldier to die in Iraq, joined a vigil in Aberdeen last week to mark the death of the 100th British soldier.

Allan Douglas’s sister Donna (centre) and mother Diane (right) took part in the ceremony, organised by Military Families Against War, just two days after Allan Douglas was killed.

They were joined by Maureen Forbes (left), mother of Ryan Forbes, a 22 year old currently serving with the Highlanders in Iraq. She attended the vigil with her husband, who is a veteran of the Paratroop Regiment, and her daughter in law Hannah Forbes, who is married to Ryan.

Mr Forbes recently told the Aberdeen Press and Journal, “Why should they be there, risking their lives fighting George Bush’s war and defending the oil and business interests of rich American companies?”

Both he and his wife are lifelong Labour supporters who now say they will never vote for the party again.

The campaign to bring the troops home, led by Stop the War and Military Families Against War, is gaining support from soldiers’ families.

Rose Gentle, whose son Gordon was killed in Iraq in 2004, told Socialist Worker, “Some 60 Scottish military families have signed a letter to Jack McConnell, the Scottish first minister, asking him to come and meet us.

“We want to discuss why he isn’t backing us and calling for the troops to come home.”

For more on Military Families Against War go to www.mfaw.org.uk.

For more on the anti-war vigils go to Vigils around Britain.


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Sat 11 Feb 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1987
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