Pictured: A soldier died while training in a heat wave after the army refused to cancel the exercise

A teenage soldier died while training in a record-breaking heat wave last month after the military refused to cancel physical training.

The Army confirmed that Saber Connor Morrison, of the 23rd Parachute Engineer Regiment and based in Woodbridge, Suffolk, died on July 23.

The 20-year-old, originally from Renfrewshire, near Glasgow, is believed to have collapsed while participating in a training session on July 21 in East Anglia.

It is understood that an investigation is now underway into the circumstances of his death, with the participation of Suffolk Police, the Director of Health and Safety and the Defense Safety Authority.

An investigation is expected to follow that will determine the cause of death.

Saber Connor Morrison, of the 23rd Parachute Engineer Regiment, died on July 23.  Here he is pictured in his military uniform while a member of the Western Lowland Regiment Army's Battalion Force, in Scotland

Saber Connor Morrison, of the 23rd Parachute Engineer Regiment, died on July 23. Here he is pictured in his military uniform while a member of the Western Lowland Regiment Army’s Battalion Force, in Scotland

An Army spokesperson said: β€œIt is with sadness that we confirm the death of Saber Connor Morrison of the 23rd Parachute Engineer Regiment on July 23, 2022.

Our thoughts are with Saber Morrison’s family and friends at this difficult time, and we ask that their privacy be respected.

“Since his death is being investigated, it would not be appropriate to provide further comments.”

The Army Cadet Force of the Western Lowland Regiment, of which he was a member prior to joining the army, praised him.

“The Battalion was saddened to hear of the tragic death of former Cadet Balaclava Conor Morrison yesterday,” she said in a post the day after his death.

Saber Morrison was reported to have been training during the record-breaking heat wave last month when he died.  Pictured: Soldiers of the British Army in training in Brecon Beacons, South Wales

Saber Morrison was reported to have been training during the record-breaking heat wave last month when he died. Pictured: Soldiers of the British Army in training in Brecon Beacons, South Wales

Connor was a likeable and respected young man who had been a member of Erskine’s detachment for five years, leaving in 2020.

He influenced the lives of many of our adult coaches and students during his time at the AFC, and will be remembered by many as a charismatic and enthusiastic youngster. It will definitely be missed.

“Our condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.”

It was reported earlier by the sun A soldier collapsed and later died while doing a physical exercise two days after the United Kingdom set a record temperature of 40.3 degrees Celsius last month.

A source told the newspaper that the exercise went “despite the warning of the weather,” and that the regiment in which the soldier was “going through physical training.”

The military told the newspaper that the training took place early in the morning, long before the heat, and conditions fell within safety guidelines for heat and humidity.

According to the data of the Ministry of Defense, between January 2000 and August 2021, the number of members of the armed forces who died due to the heat in the exercises reached five.

This compares with 29 deaths in aircraft accidents, 22 deaths in road transport accidents, and 17 live-fire incidents.

However, in recent years, the armed forces have come under fire in a number of incidents during intense heat exercises.

A total of 20 British soldiers had died in the Brecon Beacons since 1984, most of whom were undergoing grueling SAS training at the time.

Corporal James Donsby, pictured, was one of three Army reservists who died while selecting the SAS at the Brecon Beacons in 2013.

Corporal James Donsby, pictured, was one of three Army reservists who died while selecting the SAS at the Brecon Beacons in 2013.

Corporal Edward Maher

Corporal Craig Roberts

Corporal Edward Maher, left, and Corporal Craig Roberts, right, also died at the SAS selection march in 2013. The Army runs two such marches a year

Three Army reservists β€” Corporal James Donsby, Corporal Edward Maher and Corporal Craig Roberts β€” died during a selection march in 2013.

Recruits are expected to carry a 45-pound package and their rifle on a 16-mile course.

Another soldier who died on the march was Corporal Joshua Howell in July 2016.

An investigation into his death found him “extremely dangerous; training and planning at every level failed during what was a hot day.

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