Soldier Honored: William T. Savage
Hometown: Irvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland
Branch of Service: The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Corporal William Thomas Savage, 30, was killed on April 30, 2013 along with two other soldiers when their armoured vehicle struck an improvised explosive device as their patrol travelled along Route 611 between Forward Operating Base Ouellette and Patrol Base Lashkar Gah Durai in the Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province. He was deployed with the UK contingent of NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Cpl. Savage, of Irvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland, enlisted in 2003, shortly after the Iraq war commenced, and deployed to Iraq in 2004. He was on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan and was described as a rising star in the battalion with an extremely bright future ahead of him. Corporal Savage was an avid sportsman who enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities. He was enthusiastic about skiing and was a talented kayak instructor. Cpl. Savage leaves behind a wife and unborn son, along with his parents and brother and sister. His wife said 'I am completely devastated by this news but extremely proud of 'Sav' and everything that he has achieved. He loved being a soldier!'