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Investigation Launched Into Soldier's Death During Live Firing Exercise At Castlemartin

The Ministry of Defence has not yet released the name of the sergeant who has died.

An investigation has been launched into the death of a sergeant in the Welsh Guards who died after being injured in a live firing exercise.

The incident occurred at Castlemartin Ranges in Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales on Thursday.

The soldier’s family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers, according to Dyfed-Powys Police. 

The force is leading the investigation, and officers are liaising with the Health and Safety Executive and the Ministry of Defence.

In a statement, the force said: "Dyfed-Powys Police were called to the site at just before 10.45pm on Thursday, March 4.

"Sadly, a man was pronounced dead shortly after".

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) said: "It is with great sadness we can confirm the death of a soldier on 4 March. 

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time.

"The circumstances surrounding this death are being investigated".

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The Welsh Guards are Wales’ Senior Infantry Regiment as well as being ceremonial soldiers.

The Ministry of Defence has not yet released the name of the soldier.

The Welsh Guards are Wales’ Senior Infantry Regiment and are currently training to deploy on Operation Shader in Iraq this year.

They are also ceremonial soldiers, involved with guarding the Royal Family and Royal palaces as well as conducting State Ceremonial duties.

It has been reported the sergeant has served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Sun said the soldier has been awarded a Long Service and Good Conduct medal by the Prince of Wales, Colonel of the Welsh Guards.

Previous incidents at the Castlemartin ranges have claimed the lives of soldiers.

In 2017, corporals Matthew Hatfield and Darren Neilson of the Royal Tank Regiment died after their tank exploded during a training exercise on a firing range.

A 21-year-old soldier, Mike Maguire, died at Castlemartin in 2012 after being shot in the head while relaxing at a location just outside the training range.

A 2013 inquest into his death heard he was hit in the temple by a single machine gun bullet fired by a fellow soldier during a training exercise.

The inquest jury ruled Ranger Maguire, who was a member of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment, had been unlawfully killed.