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Shot soldier was set to be a father

A soldier who died in a shooting incident at a military training ground was due to become a father, the Ministry of Defence has said.

Fusilier Dean Griffiths, from the 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh regiment, died after the incident at an MoD training ground in Lydd, Romney Marsh, Kent, at around 2.45pm on Wednesday.

The incident is being investigated by police, along with the Army and Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Family and colleagues paid tribute to the 21-year-old, from Market Drayton, Shropshire, who it emerged was to become a father.

His brother, Dewi Griffiths, said: "Dean was fun, loving and caring and was so excited at becoming a father.

"He touched the lives of so many and we will all miss our Deano. We ask that we are given time to grieve."

Lt Col Stephen Webb MC, Commanding Officer of Chester-based 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, said: "As a battalion we are hugely saddened by the death of Fusilier Griffiths.

"Intelligent, fit and skilful, he was an outstanding soldier with the potential for a long and very successful career in The Royal Welsh.

"He will be mourned by his many friends in the battalion and our deepest and most sincere sympathy goes to his girlfriend and his family at this very difficult time."

An Army spokesman said: "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Fusilier Dean Griffiths at this difficult time. The matter is subject to a civil police investigation and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment further whilst this is ongoing. All inquiries regarding this matter should be directed to Kent Police."


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