Young Tidworth soldier dies in Estonia

Young Tidworth soldier dies in Estonia

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 9:35am 8th July 2020. (Updated at 9:54am 8th July 2020)

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Fusilier Sam Brownridge passed away at the weekend.

The MOD confirmed the 23 year old's death in a statement describing it only as a "non battle injury".

It's understood he was off duty at the time.

"It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce the death of a soldier from The First Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

Fusilier Sam Brownridge died of a non-battle injury while deployed on Operation Cabrit in Estonia on Sunday 05 July 2020.

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

Fusilier Brownbridge was among 1,000 British troops deployed to Estonia as part of NATO's deterrent against Russia.

TRIBUTES

Fusilier Sam Brownridge was born and brought up Cannock, Staffordshire.

He has a young daughter called Marcè and had been part of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, based on Salisbury Plain, for two years.

The battalion say he will be sorely missed.

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Head, Commanding Officer, First Fusiliers Battlegroup, said:

“Fusilier Brownridge was everything we want in a young infantry soldier. Fun loving and fiercely loyal to his mates, hardworking, determined and professional in everything he did, and always up for a new challenge, he was a Fusilier through and through. Throughout the Infantry, Mortarmen are well known as unfailingly tough soldiers, who work hard and play hard, relishing the tight knit community the Mortar Platoon offers. Fusilier Brownridge was the epitome of a Mortarman and wore his qualification badge with great pride. I am proud to have served with Fusilier Brownridge."

Comrade Fusilier Ben Cribb also paid tribute, saying:

"Sam was the mate who was always there when I needed him and always had the right answer for any problems I had.

"He loved to talk about cars, Land Rovers and a home he hoped to buy in Wolverhampton. I’d spent almost every day with him on the tour. He was a good soldier, a mortarmen who always strived to do his best at his profession."

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