Soldier dies during training

A 26-year-old soldier has died during a training exercise in North Yorkshire. Private Michael Ihemere, 26 and from the 1st Battalion Merican Regiment, was taking part in a three-mile run when he collapsed.

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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


Soldier 'died at scene' of Yorkshire training exercise

A 26-year-old British army soldier died at the scene after collapsing during a training exercise on a North Yorkshire moor, police said.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said:

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

Soldier death follows Brecon Beacons training fatalities

The death of a British army solider in a training exercise comes a month after three servicemen died from injuries sustained during SAS selection training in Wales.

Lance Corporal Craig Roberts, Corporal James Dunsby and reservist Edward Maher died after undertaking the arduous training on the Brecon Beacons during a heatwave in July

Three soliders died after an SAS training exercise in the Brecon Beacons. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive

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

The MoD has not yet named the soldier involved but said incidents can sometimes occur "due to pre-existing conditions and not necessarily due to the training itself."

Soldier dies during North Yorkshire training exercise

The solider is reported to have been based at the Catterick Garrison barracks. Credit: Dave Higgens/PA Wire

A 26-year-old soldier has died during a training exercise in North Yorkshire, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

It has been reported that the soldier from the 1st Battalion Merican Regiment was taking part in a three-mile run at the Catterick Garrison training area when he collapsed.


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