Training run death soldier named
A British Army soldier who collapsed and died on a three-mile moorland run during a training exercise has been named by the Ministry of Defence.
Private Michael Ihemere, 26, from Umuodo, Nigeria, was a member of the 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, who joined fierce fighting while serving in Afghanistan.
He collapsed on Wednesday morning while taking part in an exercise on Army ranges near Leyburn, North Yorkshire.
Private Ihemere was treated by paramedics but died at the scene. North Yorkshire Police are investigating on behalf of the coroner but were not treating his death as suspicious.
A force spokesman said: "Officers were called just before 9am on Wednesday 28 August 2013, following a report that a 26-year-old man, serving in the military, had collapsed at Barden Moor, Leyburn.
"Sadly, despite the efforts of paramedics, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers are working with the Army to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death, which is not suspicious, so that a file can be prepared on behalf of the coroner."
The 1st Battalion the Mercian Regiment returned from Afghanistan in April.
Private Ihemere's collapse followed the deaths of three reservists in the Brecon Beacons while on an SAS selection training course when temperatures reached 30C (86F) in July.
Corporal James Dunsby, Lance Corporal Craig Roberts and Trooper Eddie Maher were carrying heavy packs while attempting to cross the Pen y Fan mountain.
Conditions in North Yorkshire were much cooler on Wednesday, around 17C (62.6F) with a slight breeze. It was not clear if the soldiers were carrying heavy loads for this exercise.