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Tributes to solider Megan Park who died during training drill in Surrey

By Tim Moynihan

A woman who died during initial Army training has been named as Megan Park.

Her family said she had always wanted to be in the armed forces and had started her dream job.

The Army said she had died at the Army Training Centre (ATC) Pirbright, in Surrey.

The family of the 21-year-old from Lancashire added: "It is with deepest regret (we announce Megan) has passed on, doing the thing she loved. Ever since Megan was at school, she always wanted to be in the armed forces.

"Although she will be deeply missed, her presence will always be alive. Megan will always go on in people's memories for her lively sense of humour."

An Army spokeswoman said: "The incident is being investigated and it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.

"We offer our condolences to the family and ask that you respect their privacy while they come to terms with their loss."

Pirbright is only four miles from Deepcut, where four soldiers died between 1995 and 2002 amid claims of bullying and abuse. Privates Cheryl James, Sean Benton, James Collinson and Geoff Gray all suffered gunshot wounds.

The Army website says initial training follows a 14-week common military syllabus.

The course is both "challenging and demanding", involving a range of subjects designed to enable the recruit to take their place in the service.

Earlier this year, the Army apologised after being criticised by a coroner for a catalogue of blunders which led to three deaths on an SAS test march.

An inquest into the heat-related collapse of reservists James Dunsby, Edward Maher and Craig Roberts concluded they would have survived if commanders had followed guidelines.

Narrative verdicts recorded by a coroner also found that delays in providing medical help to the men in the incident in July 2013 amounted to neglect.

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