Tributes paid to soldier killed by armoured vehicle in Salisbury Plain exercise

Tributes have been paid to a British soldier died in an incident involving an armoured vehicle during a training exercise on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire – the second such occurrence in under a year.

Emergency services were called to a stretch of the plain west of Tidworth at about 10.45am on Tuesday after reports that a man had been involved in a collision, Wiltshire police said.

Max George, 26, was part of the 5th Battalion The Rifles (5 RIFLES) and was described as a “natural commander.”

Lt Col Jim Hadfield OBE, Commanding Officer 5 RIFLES said: “Max was a star that burned bright. Effortlessly impressive, he was a natural commander, who exuded fierce determination matched by selfless compassion. We loved him for it. He stood out, and still stands out; we are so much poorer for his loss. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace said Max “exemplified all the equalities the army stands for.”

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