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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Tributes to soldier killed in accident at Cumbrian army base

The wife of a soldier killed in a training accident at a Cumbrian military range says he was her soulmate.

Army chiefs have named Sergeant Mark Foley, 31, as the man who died after a vehicle rolled over at Warcop, near Appleby.

The father-of-two, of the Light Dragoons, was described by his commanding officer as a battle-hardened and consumate professional as the investigation into his death continues.

Two other soldiers were injured in the accident at the training ground on Wednesday.

Sgt Foley's wife, Kelly Foley, said: "He was my soulmate and my best friend, who always made me laugh.

"The best dad ever to Emily and Hannah, he loved us, his job and Hull FC. We will miss him so much."

His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel James Senior, said: "Sgt Foley was an exceptionally talented, battle-hardened soldier who embodied everything that is good about our profession.

"A consummate professional, he delivered on operations time and time again accumulating huge experience on the way.

"Always inquisitive and engaging, Sgt Foley was at the heart of everything his troop did, everything his squadron did, everything the Regiment did.

"Whether in the dust of Helmand Province or the troop store at our Regiment’s home in Norfolk, he was the man people turned to for advice and guidance.

"Sgt Foley made an astonishing contribution to our regimental family and his loss is a devastating shock. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and young family."

One of the injured soldiers, a 19-year-old man, was airlifted by the Great North Air Ambulance to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough with chest, facial and back injuries.

He was described as “stable on arrival”.

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