ONE of two tank soldiers who died following an incident at a military firing range in Wales has been named locally as Matthew Hatfield from Pewsey.

Both victims were from the Royal Tank Regiment and were injured at Castlemartin in Pembrokeshire on Wednesday afternoon.

Members of his family posted pictures of him on social media and tributes were paid by friends shocked at the young man’s death.

Sherridan Collinson wrote: “You sir have done your family proud, I'm lucky to have known and shared so many memories with such a kind hearted person.”

Jamie Padfield said: “Can’t believe it was you I’m lost for words. Great memories growing up together and your messages to me whilst I was out in Afghan from your experiences.”

Another, John Spicer added: “Tragic news of a great young man whom I, for just one, remember very well, with great affection. “

Earlier today Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood confirmed the death of a second soldier following the incident.

In a statement he said: "Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time, who have requested that their privacy be respected."

Yesterday, it was announced that one soldier had been killed. Mr Ellwood said: "It is with deep sadness that I can confirm the death of a soldier from the Royal Tank Regiment who died as a result of injuries sustained in an incident at Castlemartin Ranges.

"His next of kin were by his bedside and we will be respecting their privacy before further details are released. Three other soldiers have also been wounded and our thoughts remain with the friends and families of all those involved.

"The safety of our personnel is our absolute priority and a full investigation is under way to understand the details of this tragic accident."