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Tributes have flooded in for Private Joshua Kennington who was described as a "super soldier with ability beyond his years" (Picture: MOD).
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Emotional tributes paid to 'genuine and kind' soldier who died 'doing what he loved'

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Tributes have flooded in for Private Joshua Kennington who was described as a "super soldier with ability beyond his years" (Picture: MOD).

Emotional tributes have been paid to a "kind and compassionate" 18-year-old soldier who died "doing what he loved".

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) confirmed Private Joshua Kennington, a Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) soldier who served as part of 35 Squadron, 5 Medical Regiment, died on 24 November following a non-operational incident at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time," the MOD said.

Pte Kennington's family said the soldier always had time for others, "putting them first constantly, striving to push himself to be better".

The family added: "He died doing what he loved.

"Not a goodbye from us, wherever you will be you will always be in our hearts…"

Officer Commanding 35 Squadron, 5 Medical Regiment, Major Tony Morgan also paid tribute to Pte Kennington, describing him as a "young and popular member" of the squadron and the "epitome of our most talented generation".

"He had only been with the squadron for a short time, but his good-humoured and likeable nature made him an instant hit," Maj Morgan said.

"A spirited individual, always willing to do what was needed, Private Kennington was an excellent soldier and a proud RLC driver, the epitome of our most talented younger generation."

Lieutenant Colonel Catherine Masling, Commanding Officer, 5 Medical Regiment, described Pte Kennington as a "super soldier with ability beyond his years and a bright future before him".

Lt Col Masling said Pte Kennigton's death has been "felt deeply" within the regiment and that they are "immensely proud of him".

"Known to all, and a good friend to many, Pte Kennington was a genuine, kind, and decent person. He made our team stronger," Lt Col Masling said. 

"His sudden passing is felt deeply within our regiment, especially by those whom he directly served alongside. 

"He was our friend and our comrade; we are immensely proud of him. We will miss him, and we will remember him with affection.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time."

Minister for Defence People, Veterans and Service Families Dr Andrew Murrison said Pte Kennington "displayed a natural aptitude for soldiering and it's clear from his colleagues that he was admired and respected by all those he served with, irrespective of their rank".

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time," he added.

Note: Some information in this article was updated after revised information from the Ministry of Defence.