A reservist who died alongside a colleague during an assessment for the Territorial Army's SAS section on the hottest day of the year was pursuing his dream, his family said today. Lance Corporal Craig Roberts died during a military exercise in the Brecon Beacons on Saturday.
In a statement issued through the Ministry of Defence today, Mr Roberts's father Kelvin said:
We are all devastated at the loss of our beloved Craig; this has left a massive hole in all our lives.
We wholeheartedly supported Craig in his military endeavours and it gives us some comfort, though great sadness, that he died in the pursuit of his dream.
Next month Craig was due to start a new post in the office of the Secretary of State for Education and we were all very proud of him.
The family of Lance Corporal Craig Roberts, who died during the selection process for the Territorial Army's SAS section, today said they are devastated at their loss, but he had died "in the pursuit of his dream".
Staff and students at the school in which a reservist, who died over the weekend during a Territorial army assessment, have held a special assembly in memory of Lance Corporal Craig Roberts.
In a statement, Trinity College in Lewisham said:
The staff and pupils of Trinity School, Lewisham have been greatly sadden by the news of the tragic death Craig Roberts.
For the past two years Craig worked at Trinity as a teaching assistant and had become a much loved member of the Trinity community.
He showed dedication, commitment and great care for young people. In addition to his duties in lessons Craig ran a fitness club, taught Saturday morning revision sessions and helped lead residential trips.
He was very committed to the common life of the school. Craig was proud of his military commitment and communicated that pride to Trinity pupils.
We are pleased that Craig was able to be such a significant part of our community. We pray for him and for his family at this terrible time.
Tributes have poured in for part-time soldier Lance Corporal Craig Roberts from Lewisham described as a "true gentleman" who died during a military training exercise on one of the hottest days of the year.
Friends of Mr Roberts, a maths teacher originally from Penrhyn Bay near Llandudno in North Wales, took to social media to pay homage to a man described as a "caring, genuine guy".
Absolutely devastated by the news of Craig. He was one of my closest friends growing up, had so many good times together.
He was honestly one of the most genuine and caring guys I have ever met. R.I.P Craig. You'll never be forgotten, thoughts are with your family. I'll miss you buddy."
– Leighton Parry
RIP pal...you were one in a million.. forever in my heart.
James Hopkinson, a former instructor at the Infantry Battle School in Brecon, has described the challenging conditions that the two soldiers who died would have been up against.
He said that military exercises in the Brecon Beacons were designed to push soldiers "to the edge of their endurance," but that measures would "undoubtedly" have been put in place to mitigate the effects of the hot weather.
He added that while the exact circumstances of the deaths remain unclear, such endurance training is needed to make the British Army "the best in the world".
The Luton terrorist group were trying to make an an improvised explosive device (IED) based on instructions in an al Qaida manual entitled "Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom - by the al Qaida chef", the court was told.
Covert recordings of the pair heard Iqbal suggesting attaching the bomb to a remote controlled toy car and sending it under the gap of a gate to a Territorial Army (TA) centre in Luton.
The men were arrested following a series of raids at their homes in April last year after an intelligence-led joint operation by the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command and the British Security Service (BSS).