Tributes have been paid today to the soldier who died during a British Army training exercise on Salisbury Plain on Tuesday (June 21).

Second Lieutenant Max George suffered significant head injuries following a collision involving an armed vehicle near Tidworth and died at the scene.

Wiltshire Police, the Army and the Health & Safety Executive are investigating his death. Second Lt George was about to be deployed to Canada.

Paying tribute, the Ministry of Defence said the 26-year-old reservist had a “glittering career” ahead of him and his loss was being felt keenly.

The MoD said: “It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of Second Lieutenant Max George."

In December 2021, 2Lt Max George commissioned into the 5th Battalion The Rifles (5 RIFLES), and as the Queen’s Medal Winner.

He joined his battalion early, having already gained his range qualifications through reserve service and he proudly took command of 13 Platoon, D Company, 5 RIFLES.

The MOD added: “Even at this early stage, there was an effortless leadership quality about Max that marked him out. Humble and grounded, he was keen and energetic. His leadership was backed by steely determination and grit; he was tough but compassionate and naturally, his Riflemen loved him for it.

“As a Reservist he was exemplary, routinely graded as the best amongst his peers. Max took life and service by the horns and wrestled them to meet his will.

“In his tragically short time as a Regular Officer in 5 RIFLES, he had already carved out the strongest of reputations. Admired by all ranks, he was one to watch and the commander against whom everyone else measured themselves.

“It was obvious to everyone, not least 13 Platoon, that Max cared deeply and would do anything for anyone. He was therefore instantly respected, admired and loved in equal measure; he was a young man who others naturally gravitated towards, and his loss is thus all the more keenly felt.

“Max had a glittering career in front of him, excited by the prospect of an imminent overseas deployment to Canada and whatever might follow.

“A remarkable and talented young man who had so much to offer, the Battalion and Regiment will miss him dearly and we send our sincere condolences to all his family and friends.”

Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace said: “Max exemplified all the qualities the Army stands for and as the testimonies show, we have lost a bright and talented young man who will be sorely missed. My thoughts are with his family, his friends, and his regiment during this difficult time.”

More tributes can be found here