Army names soldier killed after tank overturns during military training exercise

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The Army has named a soldier who was martyred when a tank capsized during a military training exercise this week.

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Jethro Watson-Pickering, a 23-year-old private who was in the 1st York Regiment, died on Friday after an armored vehicle flipped and hit a tree near Enford, Wiltshire.

Mr Watson-Pickering was part of the crew operating the vehicle at the Salisbury Plain Training Area at the time of the incident.


They were pronounced dead on the spot after it took several hours for emergency services to rescue those trapped inside as the vehicle had ammunition.

“We are deeply sorry to announce the death on Friday of 1YORKS’s PTE Jethro Watson-Pickering,” the Yorkshire Regiment said in a statement on Sunday.

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“He was from Boosbeck, Redcar and Cleveland and was deployed to practice at Salisbury Grounds.

“The thoughts and prayers of the Regiment family are with his family.”

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and other specialist paramedics were immediately called to the incident on Friday, with about a dozen police officers in attendance at the height of the response.

On Saturday, a spokesman for Wiltshire Police said the force was investigating the circumstances surrounding the soldier’s death.

“This is now a joint investigation between Wiltshire Police, the military and the Health and Safety Executive,” the spokesman said.

Our condolences are with the soldier’s family and friends at this difficult time and we ask that they respect their privacy.

Meanwhile, Davis MP Danny Kruger said he was “very sorry” to hear of the death as he offered his condolences to Mr Watson-Pickering’s family and colleagues.

“Thankfully, while rare, it is important that all serious accidents that occur during military training exercises are thoroughly investigated,” Mr Kruger wrote on Facebook.

“We are deeply indebted to the young men and women who risk their lives for our safety and we must do everything possible to keep them safe as well.”

Additional reporting by agencies


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