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Army recruit dies at Pirbright training centre

A recruit has died during initial training at the Pirbright Army Training Centre in Surrey, the Army has said.

Megan Park Credit: Family handout

Megan Park, 21, from Lancashire, died following an incident at the Army Training Centre in Pirbright, Surrey.

In a statement her family said she was "so excited" about joining the Army and she had died "doing the thing she loved".

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.

– Family statement

An Army spokesperson confirmed Megan's death was being investigated, adding: "We offer our condolences to the family and ask that you respect their privacy while they come to terms with their sudden loss."

SAS officer had no specific training in heat illness

The officer in charge of a test march, during which SAS candidates died on the hottest day of the year in July 2013, has told an inquest he had no prior specific training in heat illness.

ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn is at the hearing.

SAS officer: There was no reason to discuss weather

The officer in charge of an SAS selection test in the Brecon Beacons, during which three army reservists died, has told an inquest he was not aware it would be the hottest day of the year.

L/Cpl Edward Maher, L/Cpl James Dunsby and L/Cpl Craig Roberts died in July 2013. Credit: MoD/PA Wire

ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn is at the inquest.


SAS officer was not trained to write risk assessment

The officer in charge of a SAS selection march, during which three reserve soldiers died, has told an inquest into their deaths he had no training on writing a risk assessment.

ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn is at the inquest:

SAS inquest: GPS data reveals routes taken by soldiers

GPS tracking data that reveals the routes three soldiers, who died during an SAS selection march in July 2013, took has been shown at an inquest into their deaths.

ITV News Wales & West of England Correspondent Rupert Evelyn is at the inquest:

SAS training chief 'unware' of heat injury protocols

The chief instructor of an an army reserve unit during the SAS selection march in which 3 men died, has told their inquest he was unaware of military guidelines on heat related illness.

The official guidelines state that all activity must be suspended if anybody becomes incapacitated due to heat injury.

ITV News Wales & West of England Correspondent Rupert Evelyn is at the inquest:

On the day the 3 men died in July 2013 at least 12 men suffered heat related illness but no order was given to call off the march.

Soldier tells of attempts to revive collapsed comrade

The reservists were taking part in an infamous SAS march across the Brecon Beacons

An army reservist has described how he repeatedly tried to revive a fellow soldier who died from heat stroke just 500 meters from the end of an SAS training march.

Speaking at an inquest into the deaths of three reserve soldiers, special forces candidate '1D', said that he found one of the men - Lance Corporal Craig Roberts - lying face down by a stream.

The man immediately tried to cool L/Cpl Roberts down by pouring water on him and shading him with his hat.

Having pressed the emergency button on L/Cpl Roberts' tracker, 1D rolled his colleague over and put him into the recovery position.

In evidence to the fourth day of the inquest, 1D said efforts to revive L/Cpl Roberts on the Brecon Beacons lasted for around two hours, but ultimately failed.

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