Tributes left for Welwyn Garden City death crash soldier

PUBLISHED: 16:35 16 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:37 26 October 2009

Corporal Daniel Ginty

Corporal Daniel Ginty

TRIBUTES have been paid to the WGC soldier who died after a car crash in Wales. As revealed in the WHT earlier today corporal Daniel Ginty, 26, and two of his fellow soldiers, were killed after their Skoda Fabia skidded off a country road.

TRIBUTES have been paid to the WGC soldier who died after a car crash in Wales.

As revealed in the WHT earlier today, Corporal Daniel Ginty, 26, and two of his fellow soldiers, were killed after their Skoda Fabia skidded off a country road.

Lieutenant Colonel Tim Carmichael, Dan’s commanding officer, said: “Corporal Dan Ginty’s tragic death has struck at the heart of my Regiment.

“My prayers are with his family and I offer them our sincerest condolences at their loss.

“Dan was one of the Regiment’s <14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare)> rising stars.

“Having already served in Iraq and Afghanistan, he volunteered to return to Helmand Province and was due back there next month.

“So it is all the more sad that he should die in a road traffic accident so near to home. Dan was the best of his bunch – a strong leader and role model for the junior lads. His passing has left a hole that will be hard to fill.”

Corporal Dan Ginty was enlisted in the Royal Corps of Signals in 2001, and on completion of his Radio Systems Operator training he was posted to 16 Air Assault Brigade Signal Squadron.

He also deployed to Iraq and later joined 30th Signal Regiment, with whom he served on operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Dan arrived at 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare) in June 2008, initially to serve with the Parachute Light Electronic Warfare Troop.

Major Andy Aitken, officer commanding 245 Signal Squadron (Electronic Warfare), said: “The entire Squadron is absolutely devastated by the loss of Corporal Dan Ginty. He was one of life’s real characters, as well as being a truly outstanding soldier.

“Through his physical fitness, trade skills, command qualities and positive attitude, he led by example. He was a true professional, and a good friend.

“He will be sorely missed.”

Staff Sergeant Martin Arundel, Corporal Ginty’s Team Commander, said: “Dan has been what only can be described as a rock, throughout the pre-deployment training of the last 6 months.

“I have come to rely on his knowledge, experience and good sense of humour over this particularly testing period.

“I speak confidently on behalf of our close Light Electronic Warfare Team, and indeed the whole Squadron, when I say Dan will be sorely missed, both professionally and socially.

“Rest in peace, mate. You will always be in our thoughts”

The accident happened as the soldiers were driving back to their Cawdor barracks at Brawdy, after watching the Six Nations clash between Wales and England on Saturday evening.

The Skoda Fabia the soldiers were driving in came off the road four miles from base in Roch, Pembrokeshire, and went through a brick wall before flipping and landing in the car park of a closed pub.

The other two who died were named by the MoD as Corporal James Luton 24, and Lance-Corporal Christopher Beckett.

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