Carlisle soldier found in Kent river

A body found in a river in Kent has been named as that of Carlisle soldier Josh Thomas.

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Army tribute to dead soldier

The Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment has issued a statement following confirmation that missing soldier Josh Thomas has been found dead.

The 18-year-old's body was discovered in the River Medway on Monday. He had been reported missing after a night out in Rochester on April 9.

The regiment said it was devastated at the loss of a bright, young soldier.

"The thoughts of everyone at Chatham Station go out to his family and friends," the statement continued.

Headteacher pays tribute to Carlisle soldier

The head teacher of Trinity School in Carlisle, Alan Mottershead, said Josh Thomas had made a good, warm impression at the school.

Mr Mottershead said:

"He was a good lad and got on well with everybody."

Josh moved to Cumbria from South Wales in September 2010 when he was 15 and stayed for one year to take his GCSEs.

Mr Mottershead said Josh had always said that he wanted to join the Army.

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