Engaged couple Private Courtney Jennings and Lance Corporal Jack Paolucci who died in car crash UNDATED CREDIT WILTSHIRE POLICE, FIRST FUSILIERS
Private Courtney Jennings and Lance Corporal Jack Paolucci who died in the incident last week (Picture: Wiltshire Police/First Fusiliers).
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Tributes paid to engaged teenage soldiers killed in car crash

The family of Private Courtney Jennings said "we will forever miss our angel".

Engaged couple Private Courtney Jennings and Lance Corporal Jack Paolucci who died in car crash UNDATED CREDIT WILTSHIRE POLICE, FIRST FUSILIERS
Private Courtney Jennings and Lance Corporal Jack Paolucci who died in the incident last week (Picture: Wiltshire Police/First Fusiliers).

Tributes have been paid to two teenage soldiers who were killed in a car crash in Wiltshire.

Private Courtney Jennings, 18, and her fiancé Lance Corporal Jack Paolucci, 19, died after the car they were travelling in hit a tree in Tidworth on Friday night. 

Pte Jennings' family described her as having an "infectious laugh" and said she had made herself and everyone "proud" by pursuing her dream to join the Army.

Her family from Staffordshire said: "Courtney lost her life far too soon. No parent should ever find themselves in this situation, but through all our heartache we have the memories of our daughter that will forever keep our hearts bright.

"Courtney was 14 when she decided she was going to join the Army, and through her own aspiration and determination, she succeeded and left home at 16 to join Harrogate [Army] Foundation College to achieve her dreams.

"She made herself proud, and all around her as proud of her as they could be. She has the brightest smile and infectious laugh.

"Once she started you could not help joining in. She was selfless with the kindest heart and was extremely close to her family. She always showed her love to everyone."

Pte Jennings, of the Adjutant General's Corps, was attached to 3rd Battalion, the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and LCpl Paolucci, from Birmingham, was part of 1st Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.  

The 1st Fusiliers' Facebook page said: "The Colonel of the Regiment, all Fusiliers and the wider Regimental family send heartfelt condolences to both their families."

The family of Pte Jennings said LCpl Paolucci "truly looked after her".

"Speaking to her on FaceTime on Friday she was beaming about them going out to a nightclub together to celebrate Halloween. Her costume took weeks to prepare.

"Unfortunately, she never made it and that breaks our hearts. We were really looking forward to her sending us pictures of the night.

"She sent us pictures before they left and she looked so beautiful. We will forever hold that in our thoughts. We cannot believe that we will never get to hear her voice or hug her again.

"It is absolutely tragic, and we will forever miss our angel."

Two passengers remain in hospital, with one, a 27-year-old man, in a stable but critical condition, Wiltshire Police said.

The circumstances of the incident remain part of an ongoing investigation and anyone with any information is asked to call 101 and quote reference number 54210105760.