Tributes to Gordon Quigley after fatal Billingham crash

Photograph of L/Cpl Quigley
Image caption L/Cpl Quigley was a talented and keen sports and music enthusiast, his family said

Tributes have been paid to a man who died when the car he was travelling in collided with a lamppost on Teesside.

L/Cpl Gordon Quigley died when the Ford Focus he was in left the road in the early hours of 15 April in Billingham.

His commanding officer said he was a "talented junior commander who had a bright future ahead of him".

Family members described the 26-year-old as a loving father, husband and a very much loved son, brother, grandson and nephew, who would be sorely missed.

L/Cpl Quigley, who was based at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, was from a military family, and had been due to return to Afghanistan in order to complete a tour of duty in September.

'Would have excelled'

His commanding officer at Catterick, Lt Col Kimber, described him as a "hugely well-liked and respected junior commander" whose loss would be keenly felt.

He added: "It is a mark of his ability that he was due to undertake pre-selection for a demanding junior infantry commanders course less than a year after he joined the infantry.

"Undoubtedly he would have excelled."

In a statement, his family said: "Gordon was a talented and keen sports and music enthusiast, who loved his motorbikes and guitars.

"He was loved by all who knew him."

Following the crash in Wolviston Road, two men were arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving, and causing death by dangerous driving, and bailed pending further inquiries.

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