Soldier dies after accident at Catterick Garrison

Staff Sergeant John McKelvie. Photo: Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry/Facebook.

A soldier has died following an accident during a training exercise at Catterick Garrison.

Staff Sergeant John McKelvie, also known as ‘Jock’, was airlifted to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough after the vehicle he was driving overturned at Gandale Camp on Tuesday, January 29.

He died from his injuries on Monday.

A passenger in the vehicle, also in the military, suffered a suspected broken arm and was taken to hospital for treatment.

North Yorkshire Police are investigating the incident.

An Army spokesperson said: “Our thoughts are with Staff Sergeant McKelvie’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

In a statement issued via Facebook, the regiment said: “A giant of a man, he had previously served for a full career with our paired regular regiment, the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and had been tested across the spectrum of conflict from the Balkans to Iraq, and never been found wanting.

“Joining the Regiment on its formation in Oct 14 he was well known and respected across it as a dependable, honest, robust and highly capable operator and moreover a mentor to our more junior people.

“The pain we feel regimentally cannot compare to that which his family suffer at this tragic time and our thoughts are with all of them.”