Inquest Into Soldier Death At UK Hospital

The inquest will look into the death of a Scottish Corporal who was serving with the Black Watch when he was injured in an explosion - he died nearly 6 weeks after being brought home.

The hearing before the Birmingham coroner will examine the death of Corporal Thomas Mason, who was injured by an improvised explosive device in Kandahar province on September 15 2009.

A member of the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, the soldier, known as ``Tam'', died from his wounds at Birmingham's Selly Oak Hospital almost six weeks later.

The serviceman, who was born in Bellshill, Glasgow, and brought up in Rosyth, Fife, joined the Army in February 2005.

In a statement issued shortly after the 27-year-old's death, his commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Cartwright, said: "He had set his heart on special forces selection next year and no one would have bet against him reaching his ultimate goal.

He was an immensely popular and modest man and he will be sorely, sorely missed.''