The widow of a "hero" tank soldier killed in an Army tank range blast has spoken of how her family's lives have been "changed forever" after his death.
Corporals Matthew Hatfield and Darren Neilson, both of the Royal Tank Regiment (RTR), died of their injuries after an incident in their Challenger 2 at the Castlemartin firing ranges, Pembrokeshire, Wales, on June 14 2017.
Delivering her conclusions on Tuesday after an inquest into the men's death, senior coroner Louise Hunt said the "main cause" was that the gun could be fired when a key component - the bolt vent axial (BVA), which forms an air-tight seal blocking 3,000C gases escaping into the crew turret - was missing.
The blast triggered a fire which engulfed the tank's turret, with deadly consequences.
Cpl Neilson, 31, from Preston, Lancashire, was the tank commander and was thrown from the turret during the blast, while Cpl Hatfield, 27, of Amesbury, Wiltshire, was loading ammunition.
Both men, each a father-of-one, were evacuated from the scene but later died of their injuries.
Two other soldiers inside the tank, Warrant Officer Stuart Lawson and Trooper Michael Warren, were also injured but survived.
Speaking after the inquest, Jemma Neilson, the widow of Cpl Neilson, said:
The Army has said training procedures have since been changed following the incident, and further safety recommendations by the coroner will be looked at.
Speaking of their daughter, Millie, Mrs Neilson said: