Tributes paid to soldiers killed in Catterick Garrison crash

The Northern Echo: Tributes left at the scene of the crash Tributes left at the scene of the crash

TRIBUTES have been paid to two young soldiers who were killed in a car crash in Catterick Garrison on Saturday.

Codie Richardson, 20, from Stockton, and Mark McKeen 23, from Northern Ireland, died when their car left the road and hit a tree opposite Catterick Golf Club at about 8pm.

Trooper McKeen, who had survived two tours of Afghanistan, had been driving the Seat Ibiza, and Private Richardson was a passenger.

Speaking on behalf of The Royal Dragoon Guards, Major Hugh Pearce-Gould, Officer Commanding B (The Black Horse) Squadron, said: “Trooper Mark McKeen was a well rounded individual and a first class soldier; his loss will be keenly felt by all who knew him.

"He was a popular and engaging member of the Regiment. He served with great courage and dedication on two difficult and dangerous tours of Afghanistan.

“His untimely loss is a terrible tragedy but his memory will always be cherished by The Royal Dragoon Guards and those of us fortunate enough to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

“Private Codie Richardson had only been with the Regiment for five months, but had made a very positive impression on both her Squadron and the Catering Department.

"Outgoing, keen and personable, she was always willing to take on new challenges.

“She embraced being in a Cavalry Regiment and seized the opportunity to take up horse riding.

"She was also a very caring, considerate person and always put the needs of others first.

"Our deepest sympathies are with her family and friends at this difficult time. She will be greatly missed by the Regiment.”

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8:35pm Mon 3 Feb 14

peanutjones says...

These soldiers did their job with enthusiasm and integrity and are a great loss to the army. All sympathies for the family. It wont be easy for them to cope with this, but God give them strength.
These soldiers did their job with enthusiasm and integrity and are a great loss to the army. All sympathies for the family. It wont be easy for them to cope with this, but God give them strength. peanutjones

6:55pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Derek pallas says...

I would just like to thank codie's army friends + staff for a beutiful service for a beutiful gorgeous girl who we love and miss like crazy. It was so nice and of grate comfort to know she was loved by everybody she came into contact with and touched many life's. It was so wounderful to here her army friends tell us about her army life and the stories and memories we all shared with codie so can I say a very big thank you to everybody. Codie was the best sister-in-law,sister
,daughter,niece,cous
in and a totally amazzing antey to all our children. We love you codie princess, sleep tight ****
I would just like to thank codie's army friends + staff for a beutiful service for a beutiful gorgeous girl who we love and miss like crazy. It was so nice and of grate comfort to know she was loved by everybody she came into contact with and touched many life's. It was so wounderful to here her army friends tell us about her army life and the stories and memories we all shared with codie so can I say a very big thank you to everybody. Codie was the best sister-in-law,sister ,daughter,niece,cous in and a totally amazzing antey to all our children. We love you codie princess, sleep tight **** Derek pallas

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