Welsh Guard killed during live firing training exercise named as Sergeant Gavin Hillier

A soldier in the Welsh Guards who died after being injured in a live firing exercise has been named as Sergeant Gavin Hillier.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said: “It is with great sadness we can confirm Sergeant Gavin Hillier from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards died on 4 March, 2021.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time.”

“An investigation is underway and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”

The incident occurred at the Castlemartin RAC Range in Pembrokeshire on Thursday.

Castlemartin Training Area in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Pic: Google Street View
Castlemartin Training Area in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Pic: Google Street View

Dyfed-Powys Police said they were leading the investigation into the death and officers are liaising with the Health and Safety Executive and the MoD.

In a statement, the force said: “An investigation has been launched into the death of a soldier at Castlemartin RAC Range following a military exercise.

“Dyfed-Powys Police were called to the site at just before 10.45pm on Thursday, 4 March.

“Sadly, a man was pronounced dead shortly after. Our thoughts are with his family, who have been informed of the incident and are being supported by specialist officers.”

Other soldiers have died at the MoD’s Castelemartin site in recent years.

In 2017, two corporals from the Royal Tank Regiment died after their tank exploded during an exercise on a firing range.

A 21-year-old soldier from the The Royal Irish Regiment was also shot in the head and killed as he was relaxing just outside the training range in 2012.

An inquest said he was hit in the temple by a single machine gun bullet fired during a training exercise and that he was unlawfully killed.

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