Apology for Iraq death

The Ministry of Defence has apologised and agreed compensation over the death of Hawick soldier, Private Jason Smith, a decade ago in Iraq.

The MoD has also acknowledged the difficulties Mrs Smith has had trying to obtain information in relation to the circumstances of his death.

It also apologised for the loss of his medical records, and acknowledged Private Smith’s commitment and dedicated service to the Territorial Army.

After the settlement, Mrs Smith said it had been a long fight for information.

“I am glad that the Ministry of Defence has finally acknowledged that there was a missed opportunity to intervene, and the risks that contributed to Jason’s death could have been reduced,” she said.