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Lydden A2 crash victim named as Pte Kieran Taylor, of Dover, based with 2 PWRR The Tigers in Canterbury

By Sam Lennon

The young man killed on his motorcycle two days ago was a serving soldier, the Army has confirmed.

He was Private Kieran Taylor, of the 2nd Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.

The 21-year-old had a young son, lived in Dover and was attached to the recruiting team at Leros Barracks in Sturry Road, Canterbury.

Pte Kieran Taylor. Picture: 2 PWRR The Tigers
Pte Kieran Taylor. Picture: 2 PWRR The Tigers

Pt Taylor, who was on a motorcycle, died after a collision with a car on the A2 coastbound at Lydden.

It happened at 12.50pm on Wednesday.

A posting from the Facebook page of 2 PWRR The Tigers this afternoon confirmed he had been the victim.

Pte Taylor served in the Army for five years in Cyprus and Jordan before becoming a member of the Regimental Recruiting Team.

Colour Sgt Graham Woolcock described Kieran as “a super fit individual who had a great ability to talk and interact with everyone he met.

" He was a likeable and loyal individual who was always willing to help-out regardless of the task.”

Pte Kieran Taylor. Picture: 2 PWRR The Tigers
Pte Kieran Taylor. Picture: 2 PWRR The Tigers

His commanding officer, Lt Col Jim Skelton said “Kieran was a natural soldier; engaging, full of character and willing to help anyone who needed it.

"His loss will be felt keenly across the Regiment and we are deeply saddened by this tragic accident. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Pte Taylor's friend Pte Jim Royale said: “Kieran to me was a good friend and a good soldier. He always put others before himself and he had the greatest sense of humour.”

The Regiment added that Pte Taylor used his experiences on deployments and exercises to become an "excellent ambassador" for the Army and the Regiment and "many junior soldiers serving today would have been inspired by him to join."

The Facebook posting also described Pte Taylor as "a hugely likeable character who had the natural ability to make people feel at ease and was easy to get along with."

The road closure following the crash. Picture: @LordLethris
The road closure following the crash. Picture: @LordLethris

It also described his as "a dedicated father to his son, Alfie, who was his world. He was a good man, gone too soon."

Police, who have appealed for witnesses, says the accident happened near the traffic lights junction at Lydden.

Pte Taylor had been on a silver Honda CB650 motorcycle, which was was involved in a collision with a black Hyundai ix20 car.

He had suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.

The road was closed for a number of hours in both directions as officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit investigated.

Pte Taylor among his comrades. Picture: 2 PWRR The Tigers
Pte Taylor among his comrades. Picture: 2 PWRR The Tigers

Officers want to hear from anyone who saw the collision, was waiting at the traffic lights before the crash happened and in particular has any dashcam footage

Other motorcyclists are reported to have been in the area at the time and officers need them to come forward.

Witnesses are asked to call SCIU on 01622 798538 quoting MC/MW/146/18.

Meanwhile the Army says that letters of condolence will be passed to Pte Taylor's family.

They should be sent to Regimental Headquarters, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, HM Tower of London, London EC3N 4AB.

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