Welsh Guard sergeant killed in live fire training exercise
A Welsh Guards sergeant has died after sustaining an injury in a live firing exercise in the south west of the region, an army spokesperson has confirmed.
The incident is understood to have taken place at the Castlemartin Training Area in Pembrokeshire.
The soldier, who has not been named by the military, died on Thursday.
A spokesperson for the army announced his passing “with great sadness” – while a probe into the events leading up to his death is currently underway.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time”, they added.
“The circumstances surrounding this death are being investigated and it would be inappropriate to comment any further.”
The soldier’s next of kin have been informed, according to The Sun, which first reported the passing of the sergeant, who had reportedly served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was due to be redeployed in the summer.
It reported that the soldier had been awarded a Long Service and Good Conduct medal by the Prince of Wales, Colonel of the Welsh Guards, in 2019.
The Welsh Guards have a dual role as both an infantry unit and ceremonial soldiers, guarding the Royal Family and palaces as well as contributing to state ceremonies.