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    Posted: 16 Apr 2008 at 5:46pm
Accident during manoeuvre at Hohenfels

British soldier dies - Injured at hospitals in Regensburg

On Monday morning, nine British soldiers were injured in a serious vehicle accident on the American military training area Hohenfels. According to our sources, one British soldier has succumbed to his serious injuries. A vehicle, apparently a wheeled light-tank type "Fuchs", left a gravel road and overturned several times.

A spokesman of the British 1st Armoured Division would only confirm on Monday that an accident did occur and involved members of the 7th Armoured Brigade. He told this paper that further information would be given at a later date. The US Army reported that it was investigating the cause of the accident.

Six injured soldiers were brought to University Hospital Regensburg and two others to the Hospital "Barmherzige Brueder" [~ Merciful Brothers], also in Regensburg. One British soldier received ambulant care at hospital St. Marien in Amberg.

German emergency services, including emergency doctors, were among the rescue forces that rushed to the aid of the injured soldiers. They were sent from Parsberg, Hemau, Regenstauf and Amberg. The rescue helicopters based in Regensburg and Nuernberg were also deployed and airlifted some of the injured to the University Hospital [Regensburg]. The US Army also airlifted injured personnel with a military helicopter. The German response to the incident was coordinated by the emergency coordination centre in Regensburg.

The 7th Armoured Brigade has been stationed in Bergen-Hohne in Lower Saxony since 1947. The force is also known as the "Desert Rats". This name refers to the origin of the brigade, which was formed in North Africa in 1938. The British soldiers have been preparing together with US forces for overseas deployment at the training area Hohenfels since 11th April. The exercise is scheduled to last until 30th April.
 
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So very sorry to learn of the accident, such a waste of life.  The soldier killed has been named as Private Scott Muggeridge of 2nd Battalion, Royal Anglians.
 
 
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So sorry to learn of this terrible news from Germany My thoughts are with the soldier's family and friends
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Why don't the MOD list all the casualties on their website?  This young man died in a training accident, why don't they list them all? 

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If the death is in training it is classed as a noncombat death and will not appear on the MoD site 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Elaine Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Apr 2008 at 11:08pm
I  understand that Lynn, but it occurred 'on duty' during training.  Having just looked at the MOD site, they put on about an ex Gunner who was on The Apprentice recently, that is obviously newsworthy, so why aren't accidents and 'non combat' deaths?  
 
 


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A British soldier has been killed in a paragliding crash in Spain, the MOD has confirmed.  It is thought the man died instantly when he crashed into a tree during a military training exercise in Cenes de la Vega resort in the Granada region.
 
The MOD described the death as tragic saying its thoughts and sympathies are with the officer's next of kin, who had been informed.
 
 
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Taken from MOD site  -  Major Alex Blake.

Various media report the death of Major Alex Blake of the Royal Logistic Corps, who was tragically killed while paragliding in Spain on an Army expedition on Wednesday, 30th April 2008.
 
An Ammunition Technical Officer, Major Blake aged 35 had served with distinction and pride in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo and recently in Iraq.  He was secretary of the Army Hand Gliding and Paragliding Association and had once stated that he felt privileged to be one of the first generation to have access to the relatively modern sport of paragliding.
 
Major Blake was full of zest and life and enjoyed his time on earth to the full.  He died doing what he particularly loved - flying.  He was a wonderful father, a brilliant husband, and will be tremendously missed by all his family and friends.  His family felt he was "the best of everything"
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The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that a British Army training helicopter has crashed in Devon today, Thursday 29 May 2008.

Sadly, the MOD can confirm that both Service personnel on board have died. 

Our thoughts are with their families and friends at this difficult time.

Their next of kin are currently being informed.  The MOD will confirm further details once this process has been completed.



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Tributes for helicopter victims

Tributes have been paid to two Army pilots killed in a helicopter crash.

Lt Mark Reynolds from Nottinghamshire and Warrant Officer Vince Hussell from Yorkshire died when the HT1 Squirrel crashed in north Devon on Thursday.

The aircraft, from the Army Air Corps at Middle Wallop in Hampshire, was on its final exercise of a training course when in came down in dense woodland.

Lt Reynolds, 24, had served in Iraq. He was training for his Army Pilots Wings. WO Hussell, 36, was his instructor.

The commanding officer of the 2 Regiment Army Air Corps said both men would be sadly missed.

Lt Reynolds was from Aslockton near Nottingham. He had served on active duty in Iraq during an attachment to the 1st Queens Dragoon Guards.

Vince was a loving husband and father devoted to his family
Liz Hussell

Lt Col Mike Cubbin described Lt Reynolds as a "bright and charming officer with a promising future" whose long-term ambition was to fly the Apache Attack helicopter.

"He was known for his dry wit, he kept the crew room entertained with his banter," he said.

In a statement, his family said they were "absolutely devastated" at his death.

"We are all hugely proud of Mark; of the person he was and of everything he accomplished," the statement said.

"We are absolutely devastated at his sudden death and can only take solace in the fact that he died doing exactly what he wanted to do, in achieving his boyhood dream as a pilot in the Army Air Corps.

"We are grateful for all the support and kind words we have received from family and friends and respectfully ask for peace and quiet to come to terms with this tragic loss of someone so dear to us."

'Happy Vince'

WO Hussell, from Marton-le-Moor, near Ripon, was a veteran pilot with more than 2,000 flying hours experience and 19 years service.

The married father-of-three sons had seen active duty in Northern Ireland, and had flown Apache Attack helicopters on two tours in Afghanistan.

"We have sadly lost a great pilot," Lt Col Cubbin said.

"Vince was a quiet, private man who lived for his family. He was affectionately known as 'Happy Vince' to his colleagues."

WO Hussell's widow, Liz, said in a statement: "This tragedy has come as a deep shock and devastating blow not only to us, his family, but to his wider family and friends.

"Vince was a loving husband and father devoted to his family."

The accident happened near Kingscott, Torrington, at about 1545 BST on Thursday.

Investigators are examining reports that the helicopter may have hit power lines.

About 12,000 homes in the area lost electricity supplies at about the time of the accident, although it is not known if this was linked to the crash

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A Royal Marine died when two army lorries collided near barracks in North Yorkshire during a training exercise.

The vehicles were being driven on Range Road away from Catterick Garrison on Monday evening.

Police said as the vehicles pulled into a lay-by on the roadside they collided, resulting in one of the drivers, a 26-year-old man, being fatally injured.

Both the victim and the driver of the other lorry were Royal Marines based at 42 Commando in Plymouth.

The marine became trapped between the two lorries when they stopped and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said no-one else was injured but the victim has yet to be named.

North Yorkshire Police are asking witnesses to contact them

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MoD names fatal lorry accident marine
 
A ROYAL Marine killed when two military lorries collided was today named by the Ministry of Defence as Corporal Phillip Smith.
The 26-year-old was training with 42 Commando at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire when he was crushed between the two lorries.

Cpl Smith was driving one of the vehicles as they were travelling along Range Road, away from Catterick Garrison on Monday evening.

North Yorkshire Police said the lorries pulled into a lay-by next to a golf course and collided.

Cpl Smith's family, from Lostwithiel, Cornwall, said he was "dedicated to his chosen career".

In a statement they added: "He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

"Phillip was a happy and loving son, who enjoyed his football, playing for many local clubs, and was also a keen golfer."

Lieutenant Colonel Charlie Stickland, Cpl Smith's Commanding Officer, said: "His death is a huge tragedy and an awful loss to his close friends. Our condolences go to his family and he will be missed by all."
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