‘Caring, loyal and kind’ Catterick-based soldier dies while on exercise in Wales

Private Adam Brocklehurst was base at the ITC at Catterick. Photo: Google.

A Catterick Garrison-based soldier described as “caring, loyal, kind, and joyful” has died on exercise in Wales, the Ministry of Defence has announced.

Private Adam Brocklehurst, 27, of the Infantry Training Centre Support Battalion, died on September 20 while on exercise at the Sennybridge Training Area in Wales.

The cause of the soldier’s death has not been released.

Pte Brocklehurst was a driver within 400 Troop, Infantry Training Centre (ITC) Support Battalion.

He joined the Army in May 2019 and senior officers say his passion for his new career really stood out.

After completing basic training at the Army Training Regiment Winchester, he continued his trade training at the Defence School of Transport, Leconfield, to complete his driver training.

His first posting to regimental duty was with 3 Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, Abingdon as a Driver Class 3.

He quickly became a popular, valuable, and charismatic member of the troop where he completed various exercises (Ex Iron Viper, Ex Timber Truss, and role-played civilian population) within the UK.

In August 2022 he was assigned to the Infantry Training Centre Support Battalion and joined 400 Troop. In this role, he was employed as the motor transport lead, to support multiple combat infantry courses all over the UK.

The MoD said in a statement said: “Pte Brocklehurst was excellent at his job and had a very keen eye for detail and policy. He was always keen to understand what he was doing and why and would look to identify areas where he could add value.

“He was a mature soldier who was intelligent and never afraid to challenge the chain of command when necessary. He proved this by educating a young officer on a defensive exercise when he thought he knew more about driving than Adam, the true professional.”

They added: “His outstanding work ethic and professionalism as a soldier is only a part of what defined his time in 400 Troop and within the Royal Logistic Corps. Because of the nature of military training and the work he did within the Corps, there were unique opportunities for him and other soldiers to become the best of friends in a way that differs from friendships that exist in the civilian world. He made some wonderful friendships, and his loss is a huge blow to 400 Troop and Support Battalion.

“To lose a person of this quality and level of professionalism in such tragic circumstances is very hard to process. His closest friends and the wider battalion are devastated.

“His memory will be honoured within the troop and battalion, and he is fondly remembered as a caring, loyal, kind, and joyful character. Adam Brocklehurst will be sadly missed.”

Lt Col Phil Morgan, commanding officer at the ITC, said: “Private Adam Brocklehurst was a charming and delightful individual. He had an infectious personality and was always quick for a laugh and took any opportunities he could.

“Since arriving at ITC in August 2022, he had worked hard over the past year and was a standout performer across his troop, exuding loyalty, selfless commitment, and respect for others. He was showing great potential as a future leader.

“Tragically his career and life has been cut too short. Our deepest condolences are with his family during this sad time.”

Major Raju Dura, Officer Commanding, Training Support (BABAJI) Company, added: “Pte Brocklehurst was assigned to Training Support (BABAJI) Company in August last year. He was a professional and dedicated soldier who had a positive attitude towards both his profession and his team.

“His persistent high standards, eye for detail and caring towards others made him a well-regarded member in the company. His dedication to deliver the Combat Infantry Course to training teams was exceptional.

“He passed away doing the job that he loved the most. We deeply miss him. On behalf of the company, I would like to extend sincere condolences to his loving family and friends.”