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Soldier who died in Brecon Beacons was member of Barking and Dagenham’s regiment

PUBLISHED: 12:52 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:59 17 July 2013

Lance Corporal Craig Roberts

Lance Corporal Craig Roberts

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A young Territorial Army soldier who died during a selection test on one of the hottest days of the year was part of the borough’s regiment.

Lance Corporal Craig Roberts, 24, was a member of the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment it has been revealed.

He and a colleague, who has not yet been named, collapsed and died on the Brecon Beacons, in Wales on Saturday following a gruelling time trial selection march for a reserve unit of the SAS.

Another soldier taking part also collapsed and was taken to hospital, as temperatures soared to 30C.

Barking and Dagenham Council leader Liam Smith said: “On behalf of the Council and all of its residents I would like to pass on our condolences.

“I also ask that you join me in holding Lance Corporal Roberts, his family, his friends and his comrades in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.”

Lance Corporal Roberts worked as a teaching assistant in Lewisham but his parents said he was due to start a new job in the office of the Secretary of State for Education next month.


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