Soldier Dies During Training Exercise On Moor

A soldier recently returned from Afghanistan has died while on a moorland training exercise in North Yorkshire.
Private Michael Ihemere was on a three-mile run over rugged terrain when he collapsed.
The 26-year-old, from Umuodo, Nigeria, was a member of the 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, which returned from a tour of Afghanistan in April.
Emergency services were called to Barden Moor, near Leyburn, just before 9am on Wednesday following a report that a man serving in the military had collapsed on the Army-controlled Catterick ranges.
Despite the efforts of paramedics, the soldier was pronounced dead at the scene.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Officers are working with the Army to establish the full circumstances."
He added that the death was not being treated as suspicious.
Private Ihemere's commanding officer paid tribute to the married soldier, who joined the British Army in November 2011.
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Ellwood MBE described him as "a reliable, talented and popular soldier" who had a "bright future" in the Army.
After successfully completing infantry training he was posted to the 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) in September 2012.
He deployed to Afghanistan in October 2012 serving with C Company, based in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province.
His widow Blessing attended a memorial parade at Marne Barracks, Catterick Garrison, on Friday morning.
The soldier's collapse follows the deaths of three reservists in the Brecon Beacons in Wales in July. They were on an SAS selection training course in temperatures which reached 30C.
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.
It was not clear if the soldiers were carrying heavy loads.


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