Selkirk soldier found dead at Army barracks

An investigation is under way following the death of a 19-year-old soldier from Selkirk.

Wednesday, 11th July 2018, 4:09 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th July 2018, 9:53 am
Highlander Alistair McLeish from Selkirk.

Highlander Alistair McLeish was found dead last Tuesday at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.

He was serving with the 4th battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Mr McLeish joined the Army after leaving Selkirk High School in 2015.

An Army spokesman said: “We can confirm the death of Highlander Alistair McLeish of the 4th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

“This is currently being investigated, and it would be inappropriate to comment further.

“Our thoughts are with the soldier’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

Friends and family took to Facebook to pay tribute to the young soldier.

Darren Boyd, a friend serving in the military, posted a picture of the pair together and wrote: “Gone but never forgotten. I still can’t believe it. Such a good lad to all of us. Always gonna miss that Scottish banter.”

Angie King described Mr McLeish as “my beautiful nephew”. She added: “Gone way too soon but will never be forgotten”, and Janet Mckinlay said the loss was heartbreaking.

David Hume wrote: “Rest in peace, Ali. Till we meet again in the re-org. Stand easy, your duty is done. You were taken far too early.”