Last week Private Michael Ihemere died following a training exercise in North Yorkshire; his death was preceded by three soldiers who died earlier in the summer in the Brecon Beacons.

David Robinson, Thompsons Solicitors’ military claims specialist, said: “Another life has been lost and another family shattered as a result of a military training exercise that has gone wrong. My heartfelt condolences go out to Private Ihemere's family and friends.

“This summer has seen circumstances where four soldiers have needlessly died; although the details are still being investigated I would urge the Ministry of Defence to review its policies now to avoid another death. Safety standards are not something that apply to a gym or a school but not to the MOD”.

“Military personnel serve us all daily and we should seek to ensure that we protect them from avoidable harm and injury.”