British soldier is found dead after suffering ‘non-battle’ injury while off duty in Estonia
- Sam Brownridge of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers died from a ‘non-battle’ injury
- He was found dead during his deployment on Operation Cabrit on July 5
- The Ministry of Defence confirmed his death in a statement on Tuesday
A British soldier has died from a ‘non-battle’ injury while off-duty in Estonia.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed the death of fusilier Sam Brownridge in a statement on Tuesday.
Brownridge was found dead during his deployment on Operation Cabrit on July 5. It is not clear what injury he was suffering from.
Sam Brownridge (pictured) of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers First Battalion was found dead during his deployment in Estonia on July 5
‘It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce the death of a soldier from The First Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers,’ the statement read.
‘Fusilier Sam Brownridge died of a non-battle injury while deployed on Operation Cabrit in Estonia on Sunday 05 July 2020.
‘Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time.’
Brownridge was among 1,000 soldiers involved in the UK Armed Forces’ operational deployment to Estonia, which is part of a wider NATO operation known as the Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP).
The EFP has seen the deployment of ‘combat-ready’ soldiers to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland on a rotation basis.
The First Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers is based in Tidworth in Wiltshire.
The soldier’s next of kin have been informed of his death.
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