Soldiers back at base in Northern Ireland following Ebola mission


A contingent of Northern Ireland-based soldiers are now back at their base after a deployment to battle Ebola.

Troops from The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS), returned to Palace Barracks in the wake of their mission in Sierra Leone, west Africa, where they had been dispatched to help handle logistics behind the fight against the disease.

The soldiers were the first from the UK aid teams to arrive, and worked alongside the African republic’s own armed forces to provide security for all UK aid workers, plus establishing helicopter landing sites, escort convoys, and evacuating health workers suspected of having been infected with the deadly illness.

They had been in the country for four months before the MoD announced on Friday that they had returned.

The MoD said in a statement: “Despite the pressures the soldiers were also able to make time to pay their respects with a memorial service at King Tom Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Freetown for fallen comrade, Lance Serjeant Charles Frederick Robertson from Galashiels.

“He had been serving with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers and succumbed to disease while posted to the King’s African Rifles during World War Two.

“And they also took time out to spend time at the SOS Village Orphanage at Makeni which is home to over 150 children, many of whom have lost their parents to the Ebola outbreak.”

Company Commander Major Nick Colquhoun said: “I am immensely proud of the professionalism and maturity which the Jocks of B Company, 1SCOTS, have shown throughout the last four months.”