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Family pay tribute young army recruit who died at barracks in Surrey

Megan Park Credit: Family photo

A recruit who has died while undergoing initial Army training was named tonight as Megan Park. Her family said she had always wanted to be in the armed forces and had started her dream job.

The Army said she had died while undergoing initial training at the Army Training Centre (ATC) Pirbright, in Surrey.

The family of the 21-year-old from Lancashire said: "It is with deepest regret that Megan's family must announce that she has sadly passed on, doing the thing she loved. Ever since Megan was at school, she always wanted to be in the armed forces. Everybody who knew Megan was aware of this. She was so excited about going. It was the start of her dream job. Megan is going to be missed by so many people, friends and colleagues. Although she will be deeply missed her presence will always be alive. Megan will always go on in people's memories for her lively sense of humour and her fun sarcasm and quirky personality. The family are very grateful for all the good wishes and thoughts and just ask that people respect our privacy at this time."

An Army spokeswoman said: "The incident is being investigated and it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time. We offer our condolences to the family and ask that you respect their privacy while they come to terms with their sudden loss."

Pirbright is only four miles from Deepcut, where four soldiers died between 1995 and 2002 amid claims of bullying and abuse. Privates Cheryl James, Sean Benton, James Collinson and Geoff Gray all suffered gunshot wounds.

Reports that recruit, who died during Army training, was a young woman

There are reports that the recruit was a girl Credit: PA

A recruit has died while undergoing initial Army training. The incident happened at the Army Training Centre in Pirbright, Surrey.

The Army hasn't revealed the age or gender of the person but The Sun reported the victim was a young woman who had completed a tough two-day exercise.

Pirbright is only four miles from Deepcut, where four soldiers died between 1995 and 2002 amid claims of bullying and abuse.

Privates Cheryl James, Sean Benton, James Collinson and Geoff Gray all sustained gunshot wounds.

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Recruit dies during Army training

A recruit has died while undergoing initial Army training. The incident happened at the Army Training Centre in Pirbright, Surrey.

An Army spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that a recruit has died while undergoing initial training at the Army Training Centre (ATC) Pirbright. The incident is being investigated and it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.

"We offer our condolences to the family and ask that you respect their privacy while they come to terms with their sudden loss."

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