1st Royal Tank Regiment


Two soldiers died in an accident involving a Challenger 2 main battle tank on Salisbury Plain on 11 July 2001.


Lieutenant Paul Syred. Aged 25


The two men killed were tank commander Lieutenant Paul Syred Aged 25, of Sedbergh in Cumbria, and Corporal Michael Paterson. Aged 28 of Bankfoot, Perthshire, Scotland the loader. Both served with A Squadron of the 1st Royal Tank Regiment based at Warminster. Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Roberts, the Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion The Green Howards to whom A Squadron had been attached for training purposes, said: "The Commanding Officer, officers, and all ranks of the Battle Group are deeply sorry and shocked about the death of Lieutenant Syred and Corporal Paterson. Our thoughts are now with their families and we are doing everything in our power to assist them in this time of great sadness." A spokesman from 1st Royal Tank Regiment added: "Corporal Paterson lived for the Army and his Regiment, and was deeply committed to his wife Joanne; he was a very friendly, personable and mature man who commanded the utmost respect from both officers and soldiers. "Lieutenant Syred was an officer of conspicuous ability - he was bright, charming and very popular with all ranks. He had the potential to reach the highest ranks within the Army.  "They will both be very sadly missed." 

Corporal Michael Paterson. Aged 28