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Soldier killed in Dartmoor accident was about to become a father

Cameron Laing and his partner were expecting a baby boy. Photo: PA

A young soldier killed in an accident on Dartmoor was looking forward to becoming a father, his devastated family have revealed.

Private Cameron Laing died after being struck by a trailer at Bracken Tor youth hostel near Okehampton, west Devon, on Tuesday evening.

The 20-year-old, who served with 7 Theatre Logistic Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, suffered a cardiac arrest after a traumatic head injury.

Pte Laing, from Nottingham, and his partner were expecting a baby boy, and had already named him Cameron.

In a statement released by police, his family and partner said:

Cameron was an amazing son, brother, boyfriend and expectant father. He was a loveable rogue, always playing practical jokes and the fun in any situation.

He couldn't wait to be a father to his son, baby Cameron. He will be sorely missed by everyone whose life he touched.

– Family statement
Bracken Tor youth hostel is an adventure centre in Dartmoor National Park. Credit: Google Street View

Pte Laing was struck by an uncoupled trailer and pinned against the towing vehicle.

Both the towing vehicle and trailer were part of a small military convoy heading towards Okehampton battle camp, a force spokesman said.

Devon and Cornwall Police said an investigation into the incident was continuing.