Tragic soldier who died in horror tank ‘incident’ photographed for the first time


The British Army soldier who died on Salisbury Plain on Tuesday June 21 has been named Max George, 26.

The Second Lieutenant was a member of the 5th Battalion The Rifles (5 RIFLES) and was conducting a training exercise involving tanks when the accident occurred.

George suffered significant head injuries in the incident and died at the scene shortly thereafter.

The Ministry of Defense described him as an “exemplary” reservist who was regularly “ranked as the best among equals” before joining his battalion.

He finished in the top 10 during the tactical phase of the challenging platoon commander battle course.

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An Army spokesman said: “It is with sadness that we confirm the death of Second Lieutenant (2Lt) Max George of 5th Battalion The Rifles on 21st June 2022 in Wiltshire.

“His death is under investigation and therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of 2Lt George at this difficult time and we ask that their privacy be respected.”

Lieutenant Colonel Jim Hadfield OBE, Commanding Officer of 5 RIFLES said: “Max was a shining star.

“Without impressive effort, he was a natural commander, exuding fierce determination matched by selfless compassion. We loved him for it.

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“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.”

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