It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of a soldier from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, at the Royal College of Defence Medicine Selly Oak, on Sunday 25th October 2009. The soldier was injured when an improvised explosive device detonated during an operation in Kandahar province on 15th September 2009. Despite the best efforts of medical staff both in theatre and back in the UK , over a period of nearly six weeks, he sadly died as a result of his wounds. Lt Col Stephen Cartwright, Commanding Officer, The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said: âAs the Commanding Officer of The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland , it is with immense sadness that I announce the death of a soldier from the Battalion. Despite a most determined and courageous fight against his injuries sustained in Afghanistan , he died last night in Selly Oak Hospital . On behalf of everyone in the Battalion, I offer my deepest sympathy and prayers to his family and loved ones who have been with him these past few difficult days.â The soldierâs next of kin have been informed and a 24 hour period of grace will be observed before further details are released. This death brings the total number of British service personnel killed on operations in Afghanistan to 223.