Thursday, June 5, 2014
A soldier serving in the Norfolk-based Light Dragoons has been killed in a training accident in Cumbria.
Sgt Mark Foley, who had previously served in Afghanistan, was killed in a military vehicle while training at the Warcop training area yesterday (Wednesday, June 4).
The death of the father-of-two is being investigated by the Land Accident Investigation Team.
In a statement released by the Army, the 31-year-old’s wife Kelly said: “He was my soul mate and my best friend, who always made me laugh.
“The best Dad ever to Emily and Hannah. He loved us, his job and Hull FC.
“We will miss him so much.”
Sgt Foley lived with his family at the regiment’s base at Swanton Morley, but was originally from Hull.
Lt Col James Senior, Commanding Officer of The Light Dragoons, said: “Sgt Foley was an exceptionally talented, battle-hardened soldier who embodied everything that is good about our profession.
“A consummate professional, he delivered on operations time and time again, accumulating huge experience on the way.
“Always inquisitive and engaging, Sgt Foley was at the heart of everything his troop did, everything his squadron did, everything the regiment did. “Whether in the dust of Helmand Province or the troop store at our regiment’s home in Norfolk, he was the man people turned to for advice and guidance.
“Sgt Foley made an astonishing contribution to our regimental family, and his loss is a devastating shock. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and young family.”