Tributes after 20-year-old British solider dies

Soldier, 20, collapsed and died after suffering breathing difficulties during ‘non-operational incident’ as Army chiefs pay tribute to ‘selfless and kind-hearted’ serviceman

  • Sapper Connor Morrison was stationed in Rock Barracks in Sutton Heath, Suffolk
  • He collapsed during a ‘non-operational incident’ with ‘breathing difficulties’ 
  • He died in hospital in Ipswich on July 23, two days after he collapsed 
  • An coroner’s  inquest into Sapper Morrison’s death will be heard at a later date  

A ‘selfless and kind-hearted’ soldier who collapsed during the week of a record-breaking heatwave died during a ‘non-operational incident’, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed. 

Sapper Connor Morrison, 20, stationed at Woodbridge in Suffolk, died in Ipswich on July 23.

The soldier, of 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment, was taken to Ipswich Hospital by ambulance two days earlier, after he was reported to have suffered breathing difficulties at Rock Barracks in Sutton Heath, Suffolk.

At the time, the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust said it was called to ‘reports of a man with breathing problems’, and Suffolk Police said it received a report from the ambulance service that ‘a male had collapsed’.

Sapper Connor Morrison, 20, stationed at Woodbridge in Suffolk, died in Ipswich on July 23 during Britain’s record breaking heatwave where temperatures peaked at 40.3C

AN inquest into Sapper Morrison’s death will be heard at a later date. His commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Jack Crossley praised the late soldier. He said: ‘He worked hard to achieve his goals at every stage of his training and impressed his instructors with his knowledge and skills. More importantly, he was a loyal friend and a genuine team player’

Sapper Morrison suffered serious breathing difficulties and collapsed while at Rock Barracks in Sutton Heath, Suffolk, pictured

Earlier that week, on July 19, a new UK record high temperature of 40.3C was recorded in Coningsby, Lincolnshire. The Defence Safety Authority, Suffolk Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation into his death in August.

Commanding Officer of 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Jack Crossley, paid tribute to the ‘professional soldier with much promise’, adding: ‘Keen and enthusiastic, he worked hard to achieve his goals at every stage of his training and impressed his instructors with his knowledge and skills. More importantly, he was a loyal friend and a genuine team player.’

He added: ‘Sapper Morrison was a truly selfless and kind-hearted professional soldier who made friends wherever he went. He proved himself to be a proud and loyal member of the Corps of Royal Engineers and will always be part of the Sapper family. Sapper Morrison will be sorely missed by the Regiment and all those he served alongside. We will remember him.’

Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey said: ‘It is with deep sadness that I heard of the death of Sapper Connor Liam Morrison of 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment.

‘It’s clear from his colleagues that he had a passion for the British Army, made an instant positive impact on all those he served with, and always put the needs of his fellow soldiers above his own; a role model to all. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones at this terrible time.’

An inquest into Sapper Morrison’s death is due to be held at a later date

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