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Young soldier Lenny Reid dies suddenly at Palace Barracks in Northern Ireland

By Allan Preston

Published 28/10/2016

Palace Barracks, Holywood
Palace Barracks, Holywood
Private Lenny Reid from Ayrshire, who died on Saturday in Palace Barracks, Holywood

The sudden death of a teenage soldier in Co Down's Palace Barracks has stunned his army colleagues.

Private Lenny Reid (19), from Stevenston in Ayrshire, was serving with the Royal Scots Borderers (1 Scots) in the Holywood base.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed that a soldier died in Northern Ireland.

Posting on Facebook, his brother Senna Reid said: "Lenny you were the best brother anyone could ask for and a fine soldier, sorry your life on this earth was so short but I love you and will never stop loving you."

Jackson Currie, a fellow soldier who knew Lenny well, posted a picture of a candle lit in tribute from his friends outside his baracks dormitory.

Flowers, regimental hats and messages were placed in front of a smiling photo of the late soldier.

Palace Barracks, one of Northern Ireland's largest army bases, has been home to the Royal Scots Borderers since 2014.

Around 600 soldiers and their families moved into the Holywood base from their previous station at Edinburgh's Dreghorn Barracks.

Adding his condolences, friend Lewis John McGhie posted on Facebook: "Horrible news, good guy taken too soon. Rest in peace brother, until next time."ߒ?☹

A spokesman from the MoD said: "The cause of the death is still subject to a police investigation and so we cannot comment further."

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