Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
7 July 2014

Army Reservist carries Commonwealth baton in memory of fallen comrades

Full time Army Reservist carried the Commonwealth baton in memory of fallen comrades and in aid of SSAFA.

Army Reservist carries Commonwealth baton in memory of fallen comrades

Full Time Army reservist – and ex-regular soldier - Captain Brian Baxter, from Scone had the honour of carrying the Commonwealth Games baton through Perthshire on Friday as it made its way to Glasgow to kick off the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Brian’s military career has seen service all over the world, spanning 27 years in The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS). He now provides career management advice to young soldiers from 51st Highland, 7th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (7 SCOTS), an Army Reserve unit in Perth.

Brian is also a volunteer caseworker for SSAFA, the national military charity that provides support and financial assistance to serving, veterans and their families. The main thrust of his work with the military community covers the Perth and Kinross region, where SSAFA has a local branch.

Brian is no amateur when it comes to getting involved in national sporting events. He was one of thousands of military personnel drafted in to help run the Olympics in 2012, where he coordinated logistical and welfare support. In recognition of his outstanding contribution, Brian was awarded a Joint Commanders Commendation.

Adept at performing under pressure and with a keen personal interest in sport, he has represented his battalion, the Army Reserve and the Regular Army at alpine skiing and cross-country running.

Brian said: “When I heard I’d been selected to be one of the Baton bearers for the games, I was really excited and hugely proud. It was a real honour to be nominated. I’m doing this for all the Scottish soldiers who lost their lives in conflict - we will never forget their sacrifice - for the fabulous Service charity SSAFA, who I love working for and with, and for my family.”

Brian has been married to his wife Val for 25 years and they have one son, Steven who is 23.