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The Sole Pole team set off today

Prince Harry will set off today alongside three teams of wounded soldiers from the United Kingdom, United States and the Commonwealth who are racing to the South Pole.

A theme tune has been written by a local musician from York, while wounded soldier Ibrar Ali from Rotherham is also heading out.

All three teams depart from London today for Cape Town, South Africa. They are due to arrive in Novo, Antarctica on November 19 to begin acclimatisation, moving to 87° south on November 30.

They are aiming to complete the 335km expedition by December 16. Actors Dominic West and Alexander Skarsgard also taking part.

Report: Soldier dies in North Yorkshire training exercise

The Ministry of Defence have confirmed the death of a soldier during a training exercise on the North Yorkshire Moors.

Private Michael Ihemere from the West Mercian Regiment was taking part in a routine training exercise in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The 26-year-old soldier had recently returned from Afghanistan and was based at Marne Barracks near Catterick. Today, his colleagues, joined by his widow held a parade in his memory. Claire Ashforth reports.

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Training death soldier 'had a bright future in the Army'

Michael Ihemere's commanding officer has paid tribute to the British army soldier who died on Wednesday, describing the 26-year-old Nigerian as "likeable, kind and talented".

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Ellwood said:

Private Ihemere quickly established himself as a valued member of his platoon. He proved to be a reliable, talented and popular soldier, respected by all across the Company. His likeable and kind nature immediately endeared him to those he worked with.

Whilst on operations, he was involved in some fierce fighting but always remained calm, did his job well and supported his friends and colleagues with resolute loyalty. Private Ihemere showed early signs that he had the potential to progress in the Army and had a bright future.

His loss will be keenly felt across the battalion and the thoughts, prayers and sympathies of all those that had the pleasure to know Private Ihemere are with his wife and family at this difficult time.

– Lieutenant Colonel Mark Ellwood


Paramedics tried to save soldier at the scene

Police say paramedics tried to revive the soldier who died during a training exercise in North Yorkshire on Wednesday.

"Officers were called just before 9am on Wednesday 28 August 2013, following a report that a 26-year-old man, serving in the military, had collapsed at Barden Moor, Leyburn.

"Sadly, despite the efforts of paramedics, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

"We are not yet in a position to release his name. His family have been informed.

"Officers are working with the Army to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death, which is not suspicious, so that a file can be prepared on behalf of the coroner."

– North Yorkshire Police spokesman

The soldier's collapse follows the deaths of three reservists in the Brecon Beacons who were on an SAS selection course when temperatures reached 30 degrees celsius in July.

They were carrying heavy packs while attempting to cross the Pen y Fan mountain.

Conditions in North Yorkshire were much cooler on Wednesday, around 17 degrees celsius with a slight breeze.

It was not clear if soldiers were carrying heavy loads in this exercise.

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