TRIBUTES have been paid to a Chester-based soldier who was shot dead in an exercise at a military training ground.
Fusilier Dean Griffiths, from 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh based at The Dale Barracks, died on the Lydd Ranges in Kent on Wednesday, September 14.
Police, the army’s military police and the Health and Safety Executive have launched an investigation into the shooting, which is believed to have been accidental.
The 21-year-old, who was from Market Drayton in Shropshire, was due to become a father.
Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Webb, said: “As a battalion we are hugely saddened by the death of Fusilier Griffiths. Intelligent, fit and skilful he was an outstanding soldier with the potential for a long and very successful career in The Royal Welsh.
“He was also a thoroughly engaging person – popular and with a great sense of humour.
“He will be mourned by his many friends in the Battalion and our deepest and most sincere sympathy goes to his girlfriend and his family at this very difficult time.”
His brother, Dewi Griffiths added: “Dean was fun, loving and caring, and was so excited at becoming a father.
“He touched the lives of so many and we will all miss our Deano. We ask that we are given time to grieve.”