It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence confirms the death of Private Joshua Kennington, Royal Logistic Corps. He died on 24 November 2022 following a non-operational incident at Catterick. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.
Private Kennington's family said:
"Tragically taken from us far too soon, much loved by family and friends, Josh was kind compassionate always having time for others and putting them first constantly striving to push himself to be better. He died doing what he loved.
"Not a goodbye from us, wherever you will be you will always be in our hearts."
Major Tony Morgan – Officer Commanding 35 Sqn, 5 Medical Regiment said:
"Private (Pte) Josh Kennington was a young and popular member of 35 Medical Squadron. He had only been with the Squadron for a short time, but his good-humoured and likeable nature made him an instant hit. A spirited individual, always willing to do what was needed, Private Kennington was an excellent soldier and a proud RLC Driver, the epitome of our most talented younger generation.
"His death is a sad loss, at such a young age and at the beginning of a bright military career ahead of him. Although this is a sad moment for all that knew Private Kennington, we do feel fortunate to have known and to have served alongside this soldier. He will be missed; he will be celebrated, and he will be remembered by all those within 35 Medical Squadron."
Lieutenant Colonel Catherine Masling – Commanding Officer, 5 Medical Regiment said:
"Pte Josh Kennington was a superb soldier with ability beyond his years and a bright future before him. He was a true professional, determined to do well whatever the task, and keen to take advantage of everything which the Army has to offer. Known to all, and a good friend to many, Pte Kennington was a genuine, kind, and decent person. He made our team stronger. His sudden passing is felt deeply within our Regiment, especially by those whom he directly served alongside. He was our friend and our comrade; we are immensely proud of him. We will miss him, and we will remember him with affection. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time."
Minister for Defence People, Veterans and Service Families Dr Andrew Murrison said:
“It is with deep sadness that I learnt of the death of Private Josh Kennington of the Royal Logistic Corps. He displayed a natural aptitude for soldiering and it’s clear from his colleagues that he was admired and respected by all those he served with, irrespective of their rank. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time."