A SOLDIER from Broughty Ferry is to receive a Mention in Despatches for leading an “extraordinarily brave attack” by Afghan troops in Helmand, southern Afghanistan.
Lance Corporal Scott Henderson (pictured) of The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland based in Germany, was working as an adviser to the Afghan Army during his tour between April and September last year.
During a route clearance operation in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand, after an exhausting day in sweltering conditions, part of the force came under heavy and sustained enemy fire.
Scott’s team could not provide assistance from where they were, so he helped to direct the movement of his unit forward across 300 metres of difficult terrain, at times wading through chest-deep irrigation channels.
As they came under enemy fire and rounds sliced through the foliage around them, the Afghan soldiers began to falter. Scott moved from position to position, inspiring the troops with his determination, all the while under small arms fire.
He led them forward a further 250 metres across open ground, causing the enemy to withdraw. He then remained in position, despite being isolated and exhausted, until the rest of the patrol had cleared the now abandoned insurgent positions.
Scott, who joined the Army in 2001 and has completed two tours of duty in Iraq and also served in Northern Ireland, said: “It was a real surprise to find out about this award – I am really happy. I was just doing my job and didn’t expect to receive an award like this. I would do the same thing again.
“I feel honoured to receive this award it is recognition for the work and bravery of my whole team, I am proud of them all.”
The former Craigie High School student whose parents John and Mandy Gibson live in Broughty Ferry added: “My parents will be really proud when they find out about this award. I plan to stay in the Army for the full 22 years and go as far up the ranks as I can.”