Jason Smith died on active service in southern Iraq on Wednesday, 13th August 2003. Aged 32, Jason Smith had served with the Territorial Army since 1992 and came from Hawick, Roxburghshire. A Private in the 52nd Lowland Regiment, he was serving in Iraq attached to the 1st Battalion, The King's Own Scottish Borderers. He was unmarried but had a long-term partner.
His Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Jim Wilson, said:
"Jason Smith was a very well liked and much respected member of 52nd Lowland Regiment and of D Company. He joined the Regiment in October 1992 and, since then, has taken part enthusiastically in all regimental activities, including exercises in Cyprus and Slovakia, demonstrating great commitment to the unit. He genuinely loved being a member of the TA and was thoroughly excited at being mobilised. He saw it as his chance to do his job for real and to contribute to the restoration of Iraq. He will be sadly missed by all his friends and colleagues in the Regiment."