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Nottingham soldier Cameron Laing killed on Dartmoor was soon to be a father

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 02, 2014

Private Cameron Laing died after being struck by a trailer at Bracken Tor youth hostel near Okehampton

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A young soldier killed in an accident on Dartmoor was looking forward to becoming a father, his devastated family have revealed.

Private Cameron Laing died after being struck by a trailer at Bracken Tor youth hostel near Okehampton, west Devon, on Tuesday evening.

The 20-year-old, who served with 7 Theatre Logistic Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, suffered a cardiac arrest after a traumatic head injury.

Private Laing, from Nottingham, and his partner were expecting a baby boy, and had already named him Cameron.

In a statement released by police, his family and partner said: "Cameron was an amazing son, brother, boyfriend and expectant father.

"He was a loveable rogue, always playing practical jokes and the fun in any situation.

"He couldn't wait to be a father to his son, baby Cameron.

"He will be sorely missed by everyone whose life he touched."

Devon and Cornwall Police said an investigation into the incident was continuing.

Private Laing was struck by an uncoupled trailer and pinned against the towing vehicle. Both the towing vehicle and trailer were military items and were part of a small convoy heading towards Okehampton battle camp," a force spokesman said.

"Local officers, including CID and the serious collisions investigation unit, attended the scene and began an investigation while in consultation with military personnel.

"The Health and Safety Executive has been informed."

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Poole, commanding officer of 7 Theatre Logistic Regiment, said: "Today the regiment has lost one of its rising stars. Private Laing was a bright, engaging and highly respected young soldier.

"Always ready to help others and never one to complain, in the relatively short time he was with the regiment he had earned himself a reputation as a soldier who always gave of his best.

"A true character, we are much poorer today with his passing. His loss at such a young age is truly tragic.

"Our thoughts are very much with his family and loved ones at this most difficult of times."

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