A British soldier has died in Estonia after suffering a ‘non-battle injury’ while off-duty, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.
Sam Brownridge, of the First Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, died of a non-battle injury while in the country.
He was found dead during his deployment on Operation Cabrit on July 5.
The fusilier was part of the British Army’s combat-ready forces in Estonia as part of a Nato mission.
The soldier’s next of kin have been informed.
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An MOD spokesman said: “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.
“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. A full investigation is underway and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”
Shadow Defence Secretary John Healey paid tribute to the fusilier on Twitter.
He said: “Tragic news from the @BritishArmy in Estonia. On behalf of @UKLabour we offer our sympathies to his family and friends, and to those he served with in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.”
Britain’s Army is involved in Nato’s enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) in Estonia and other Baltic nations in a bid “to enhance Euro-Atlantic security, reassure our Allies and deter our adversaries”, according to the Ministry of Defence.
The UK troops are leading a multinational battle group as part of the EFP and their operational deployment is called Operation CABRIT.
About 900 British personnel rotate on a continuous basis alongside Danish, French and host nation Estonian forces.
The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers currently provides the bulk of the combat capable force, the Army says on its website