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North man who died during live-firing exercise described as “capable young soldier” who was hugely committed to his career

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The Ministry of Defence has named the soldier killed in a live-firing exercise in Northumberland.

Private Conor McPherson from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, was from Paisley, Renfrewshire in Scotland and was 24.

He enlisted into the Royal Regiment of Scotland in May 2014 as a combat infantryman.

After completing his training at the infantry Training Centre Catterick he was posted to The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, based at Fort George, Inverness, in February 2015, which is the unit he was serving with when he died.

Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Alasdair Steele said: “Private McPherson was a capable young soldier who had previously trained in both Kenya and France.  He was hugely committed about his career in the Army, he had aspirations to join the Machine Gun platoon and attend a junior leadership course at the start of next year.

“He constantly drove to develop himself physically and was well liked among his peers for his sharp wit and sense of humour.  However,  Private McPherson’s true passion was to his parents and his older sister – he was part of a very close knit family, and his great joy was spending time with them at the weekends and over leave.

“The entire Battalion’s thoughts are very much with his family and friends.”

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