Fatal crash soldiers 'had fantastic futures'

Published Sunday, 03 August 2014
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The 2nd Battalion The Rifles have paid tribute to the two soldiers killed in a car crash in Co Antrim on Friday.

Fatal crash soldiers 'had fantastic futures'
The crash happened on Friday evening. (© UTV)

Dale Harris and David Gwilt, both aged 24, died as a result of the crash at Ballyconnelly Road near Cullybackey at 8.15pm.

They were travelling in a grey Fiat Punto car - along with another man who suffered head injuries - when it collided with a green and yellow John Deere tractor.

The 2nd Battalion The Rifles, which is based in Lisburn, issued the following statement on Sunday morning.

"The tragic deaths of Lance Corporal Gwilt and Rifleman Harris have come as a tremendous shock to the 2nd Battalion The Rifles.

"David and Dale were much liked, professional and hugely competent soldiers who had fantastic futures ahead of them.

"The whole battalion is deeply saddened by their loss and our heartfelt condolences go to their families and friends at this most difficult time," the statement concluded.

Rifleman Harris came from Barnsley in South Yorkshire while Lance Corporal Gwilt was from Bedford in Bedfordshire.

The condition of the third man, who is 21, is not believed to be life threatening.

The driver of the tractor was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

© UTV News
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9 Comments
Celer et Audax in Omagh wrote (76 days ago):
Condolences to the Family and Colleagues of these young men. May they live on in Memories. Stand Easy, Lads.
WALTER in EAST BELFAST. wrote (78 days ago):
VERY SAD FOR THESE YOUNG MEN'S FAMILIES. DEATH ON ROADS APPALLING.
in wrote (78 days ago):
Pray for both families god be with them so sad
Daz in Belfast wrote (78 days ago):
Thoughts and prayers with the families and battallion.
in Belfast wrote (78 days ago):
Such a bad thing and loss of two young lives.
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