Scottish soldier dies in Lancashire training exercise

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An off-duty soldier has died after an accident at a training facility in Lancashire.

Private Steven Taylor-Murray, 23, was injured at Halton Camp in Lancaster while on a training week and died in hospital on Friday, the Army said.

Lancashire Police launched an investigation into the death but it is not being treated as suspicious.

The soldier, from East Kilbride, was training with 1st Infantry Training Battalion based in Catterick.

He was due to join The Royal Regiment of Scotland after his training.

A police spokeswoman said the force was contacted on Friday by the ambulance service which was attending to a collapsed soldier.

"That soldier, a 23-year-old man from Scotland who was on a training week at Halton, has since unfortunately passed away," she said.

"Police are investigating the circumstances of his death, however it's not believed to be suspicious at this stage.

"The coroner has been informed."

The spokeswoman said officers were awaiting post-mortem results.

'Our hero'

An Army spokesman said: "I can confirm that Private Steven Paul Taylor-Murray, a soldier under training from 1st Infantry Training Battalion in Catterick, died at Lancashire Hospital on Friday June 4 2010.

"I can also confirm that he sustained his injury while off-duty at Halton Camp in Lancashire.

"Lancashire Police are now leading the investigation. It would be inappropriate for the Army or Ministry of Defence to comment further whilst the investigation is ongoing.

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

The Army also released a statement from his family, who called him a hero.

His mother, Kathleen, and father, Jim Taylor, said: "Steven loved his family, the Army and Celtic Football Club.

"He did not get the chance to be Scotland's Army hero but he was our hero."

His sisters Leeann, 25, and Ashleigh, 18, said: "He was not Scotland's hero but he was our hero and will never be forgotten."

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