Parade death soldier commended after fatal accident

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Parade death soldier commended after fatal accident

Horse insurance policyholders have been told of a tragic accident in which a North Lincolnshire soldier died in an accident while on horseback parade.

ThisIsScunthorpe.co.uk reported that Sergeant Mark Stebbing, 39, had been taking part in the Help for Heroes event, Heroes Parade, at Sandown Park in Surrey, when his mount tumbled and crushed him.

Despite being admitted to St George's Hospital, Tooting, Sgt Stebbing died on March 16th.

An inquest into the event has been opened and adjourned in Woking, in order for further enquiries into the death to be conducted.

The soldier's father Mick Stebbing, 59, applauded his son's commitment to the armed forces.

"Mark loved the Army. He was proud to wear the uniform," Mr Stebbing explained.

"He was due to be de-mobbed in September after more than 23 years in service and had been looking at properties in Barton with a view to moving back home."

Earlier this week, a young showjumper expressed her determination to ride again after breaking her back in an accident in which she narrowly avoided being crushed by her mount.

May 18th 2011

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