Soldier who died in training accident on Salisbury Plain named


A soldier who died during an army training exercise on Salisbury Plain has been named.

Private Jethro Watson-Pickering, 23, of the 1st Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, was part of a crew driving an armored vehicle through a training area near the village of Enford, Wiltshire, when the incident took place is produced on Friday.

Wiltshire Police said a joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive and the military has been launched.

In a statement, the regiment said: “The Yorkshire Regiment deeply regret to announce the passing, Friday, October 15th, of Pte Jethro Watson-Pickering.

“He came from Boosbeck, Redcar and Cleveland and was deployed on exercise to Salisbury Plain.

“The thoughts and prayers of the regimental family are with their family. “

A spokesperson for Wiltshire Police said: ‘We are investigating the circumstances following the death of a 23-year-old soldier at noon on October 15th.

“He was part of a crew driving an armored vehicle participating in a military exercise in the Salisbury Plain training area near the village of Enford.

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

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the soldier at this difficult time, and we ask that their privacy be respected.”

An Army spokesperson added: “It is with sadness that we can confirm the death of Private Jethro Watson-Pickering in an incident at the Salisbury Plain training area.

“The Army’s thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of Pte Watson-Pickering at this very sad time.

“Wiltshire Police are investigating so it would be inappropriate to comment further.”


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