Two British soldiers killed in Welsh firing range incident

Two soldiers died after being injured at Castlemartin in West Wales on Wednesday afternoon

Friends and family paid tribute to the 27-year-old member of the Royal Tank Regiment, who died following the incident at Castlemartin ranges in Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales.

Corporal Hatfield, known as Hattie, had a daughter and was living in Dorset while engaged to be married. Great memories growing up together and your messages to me whilst I was out in Afghan from your experiences'.

Sherridan Collinson said: 'You sir have done your family proud, I'm lucky to have known and shared so many memories with such a kindhearted person'.

Tobias Ellwood, Minister for Defence, People and Veterans, confirmed one of the men died at Morriston Hospital on Thursday and the other at University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff - both on Thursday.

Mr Hatfield pictured during service.

The two servicemen were killed when a shell exploded inside their tank.

Castlemartin - a 5,900 acre site operating since 1938 - was due to carry out training from Monday to Friday. "Further action will follow as appropriate".

The two other soldiers involved in the incident remain in a serious condition; Lieutenant Colonel Simon Ridgway said the regiment's thoughts and prayers were with all their families and friends at an incredibly hard time.

Tributes have been paid to the fearless soldiers as the Ministry of Defence, local police and the Health and Safety Executive have launched an investigation into the incident.

Police and military personnel are investigating and a worldwide ban on tank live-firing exercises involving British troops has been put in place.

All live fire should have been safely aimed out to sea, the inquest heard.

A statement from the Royal Tank Regiment - the oldest tank unit in the world, according to its website - said its investigations were continuing.

An inquest found Ranger Maguire, of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment, had been unlawfully killed.

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