Soldier dies in training

26-year-old soldier Michael Ihemere died after collapsing while on a moorland training exercise in North Yorkshire.

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Soldier died training on North Yorkshire Moors

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the death of a soldier during a training exercise on the North Yorkshire Moors.

Private Michael Ihemere from the West Mercian Regiment was taking part in a routine exercise in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The 26-year-old soldier, who was based at Marne Barracks near Catterick., had recently returned from Afghanistan.

Today, his colleagues and his widow, held a parade in his memory.


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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
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Paramedics tried to save soldier at the scene

Police say paramedics tried to revive the soldier who died during a training exercise in North Yorkshire on Wednesday.

"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

The soldier's collapse follows the deaths of three reservists in the Brecon Beacons who were on an SAS selection course when temperatures reached 30 degrees celsius in July.

They were carrying heavy packs while attempting to cross the Pen y Fan mountain.

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

It was not clear if soldiers were carrying heavy loads in this exercise.


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