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A SOLDIER who collapsed and died during a training exercise on a remote moor in North Yorkshire has today been named by the Ministry of Defence.
Private Michael Ihemere, 26, from Nigeria and a member of the 1st Battalion Mercian Regiment, had been taking part in a non-operational three-mile run with his unit near Leyburn, on terrain which is part of Catterick Garrison’s training area, when he collapsed.
Members of his unit, who returned from a tour of Afghanistan in April, called in paramedics just before 9am on Wednesday, but despite efforts to resuscitate him, Private Ihemere – based at Marne Barracks in Catterick Village – was pronounced dead at the scene, known as Barden Moor.
North Yorkshire Police is investigating the soldier’s death, but there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances. An Army spokesman said its thoughts were with Private Ihemere’s family, but no further comment will be made because of the police investigation.
The regiment draws most of its soldiers from Cheshire and the Wirral. The soldier’s collapse comes after the deaths of three reservists in the Brecon Beacons who were on an SAS selection training course when temperatures reached 30C 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 with a slight breeze, and it is not clear if soldiers were carrying heavy loads during the exercise on which Private Ihemere died.