Soldier collapses during parade to celebrate 300th anniversary of the Light Dragoons


This is the moment a soldier on parade fainted in front of a crowd of hundreds.

The man, in full military uniform, fell straight forward onto the concrete at the event in Catterick, North Yorkshire.

Photographs showed comrades rushing to the man’s aid at the parade marking the 300th anniversary of the Light Dragoons.

The soldier’s condition is not known but it is thought that he regained consciousness after being helped away.

Chris Booth, who was watching the parade, told that the soldier “suddenly collapsed” in front of shocked crowds.

Chris Booth / i-ImagesA soldier faints during a parade to mark the 300th anniversary of the Light Dragoons
The soldier’s comrades were pictured rushing to his aid

He said: “After a few seconds one of his colleagues moved in to help him and eventually he was carried away.

“It looked like he was still unconscious but he was taken out of the rank and dragged off.”

“They were all stood on the parade area for quite a length of time,” he continued.

“I think historically they sometimes have done because they’ve been stood there still for quite a long time holding their rifles.”

A soldier faints during a parade to mark the 300th anniversary of the Light Dragoons

The regiment’s honours include the battle of Waterloo and the Charge of the Light Brigade.

Saturday morning’s parade featured horses, tanks and armoured vehicles – and a message was read out from King Abdullah of Jordan.

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