British Army soldier, 26, killed in routine training exercise as tributes pour in – Birmingham Live

British Army soldier, 26, killed in routine training exercise as tributes pour in – Birmingham Live

Tributes have been paid to a soldier who has died after being hit by an armoured vehicle. The incident unfolded on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire during routine training exercises.

Second Lieutenant Max George, 26, died on Monday. Emergency services were called to a stretch of the plain west of Tidworth at about 10.45am on Tuesday following reports a man had been involved in a collision, Wiltshire Police said.

An Army Spokesperson said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm the death of a soldier in Wiltshire on 21 st June 2022. Our thoughts are with the soldier’s family and friends at this difficult time and we ask that their privacy is respected.”

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Paying tribute, the Ministry of Defence, said: “Max had a glittering career in front of him, excited by the prospect of an imminent overseas deployment to Canada and whatever might follow.

“A remarkable and talented young man who had so much to offer, the Battalion and Regiment will miss him dearly and we send our sincere condolences to all his family and friends.”

The 26-year-old man had suffered serious head injuries after being struck by a Warrior infantry fighting vehicle, a spokeswoman for the force said, and died at the scene. The victim was a member of 5th Battalion The Rifles, and had been on foot when he was hit.

Wiltshire Police said it was leading the investigation alongside the Army and the Health and Safety Executive. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Wiltshire Police’s serious collision investigation team on 101 quoting crime reference number 54220064345.

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