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Soldiers pay tribute to military legend Jock; Staff sergeant dies after training exercise crash.

Byline: STEPHEN STEWART

A MILITARY "giant" has died after his vehicle overturned during a training exercise.

Staff Sergeant John "Jock" McKelvie, 51, who was based with A Squadron, the Scottish & North Irish Yeomanry, in Ayr, was airlifted to hospital after being hurt at Catterick, Yorkshire, on January 29.

Hundreds of tributes have streamed in online after it emerged that he had succumbed to his injuries on Monday. Many serving and retired soldiers changed their profile pictures to a Royal Scots Dragoon Guards cap badge emblazoned with a black ribbon as a show of respect.

A yeomanry spokesman said: "A giant of a man, he had previously served for a full career with our paired regular regiment, the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, and had been tested across the spectrum of conflict from the Balkans to Iraq, and never been found wanting."

He said Jock "was well known and respected" across the regiment "as a dependable, honest, robust and highly capable operator and mentor".

He added: "The pain we feel regimentally cannot compare to that which his family suffer at this tragic time and our thoughts are with all of them."

North Yorkshire Police said inquiries into the cause of the accident are ongoing.

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