The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the death of a soldier at Catterick Garrison.
Private Josh Kennington died on November 24 following what the MoD called a “non-operational incident”.
Private Kennington’s family said in a statement: “Tragically taken from us far too soon, much loved by family and friends, Josh was kind compassionate always having time for others and putting them first constantly striving to push himself to be better.
“He died doing what he loved. Not a goodbye from us, wherever you will be you will always be in our heart.”
Major Tony Morgan, Officer Commanding 35 Squadron, 5 Medical Regiment, said: “Private Josh Kennington was a young and popular member of 35 Medical Squadron.
“He had only been with the Squadron for a short time, but his good humoured and likeable nature made him an instant hit.
“A spirited individual, always willing to do what was needed, Private Kennington was an excellent soldier and a proud RLC Driver, the epitome of our most talented younger generation.
“His death is a sad loss, at such a young age and at the beginning of a bright military career ahead of him. Although this is a sad moment for all that knew Private Kennington, we do feel fortunate to have known and to have served alongside this soldier. He will be missed; he will be celebrated and he will be remembered by all those within 35 Medical Squadron.”
Lieutenant Colonel Catherine Masling – Commanding Officer, 5 Medical Regiment said: “Pte Josh Kennington was a superb soldier with ability beyond his years and a bright future before him.
“He was a true professional, determined to do well whatever the task, and keen to take advantage of everything which the Army has to offer. Known to all, and a good friend to many, Pte Kennington was a genuine, kind, and decent person.
“He made our team stronger. His sudden passing is felt deeply within our Regiment, especially by those whom he directly served alongside. He was our friend and our comrade; we are immensely proud of him. We will miss him, and we will remember him with affection. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”