The Royal Scots Borderers
The Royal Regiment of Scotland
He was deployed with the UK contingent of NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Capt Barrie died in an insider attack at Forward Operating Base Shawqat in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province. He was taking part in a football match between British soldiers and members of the Afghan National Army at his base when he was shot at close range by a member of the Afghan Army.
Aged 41, he was from Glasgow and joined the army in 1987. October 1987. He was promoted to Warrant Officer Class One in 2007 and became the Regimental Sergeant Major of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS). He instructed at the Army Training Regiment Glencorse and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Over his 25 year career he served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and a 2008 tour in Afghanistan. Capt Barrie commissioned as an officer in 2009, becoming the Unit Welfare Officer of 2 SCOTS and was subsequently posted to 1 SCOTS as D Company Second in Command in 2011. He deployed on this tour in August 2012. He was described as an excellent infantryman who rose through the ranks to become a gifted officer. A colleague called him a man of effervescent humour, steely determination and the widest compassion. He participated in many sports, was a keen skier, talented footballer and Football Association coach. He was also a fanatical supporter of Glasgow Rangers.
Capt Barrie leaves behind his wife, son, mother and stepfather, brother, sister, other relatives and friends. His wife said he "was great man, a doting and amazing father and a fantastic husband. He was much loved and will be missed by many."
Funeral with full military honours was held on November 29, 2012 at Glencorse Kirk, Milton Bridge, Penicuik, followed by private burial.
*Many thanks to RobHickling for the grave photos