Local News & Archive — December 10, 2016 at 9:15 am — Updated: December 10, 2016 at 12:21 pm

Tributes to Abergele soldier killed in crash

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Tributes have been paid to a young solider from Abergele killed in a car crash in Essex.

Gunner Brendan Williams died when his black Vauxhall Astra collided with a lorry on the A120 near Coggeshall early on Saturday 3rd December.

The 21 year-old had been serving with the 7th Parachute Regiment Horse Artillery in Colchester for two years. He grew up in Abergele and had attended Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan, before training with the Royal School of Artillery at Larkhill in Wiltshire.

Mr Williams’ commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Birch, said: ”He immediately took to life within the regiment, showing great enthusiasm and ethos…he relished the role of serving within airborne forces and being in the UK’s high readiness contingency force. His strength of character and popularity among his peers will leave an enduring mark on all who served with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brendan’s family and friends.”

A 43 year-old man from Hertfordshire, driving a white DAF lorry, escaped injury in the early morning crash between Marks Tey and Braintree.

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