Tributes to Army captain killed in bike crash

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TRIBUTES have been paid to an Army captain killed in a collision while riding his motorbike on one of the Peak District’s major roads.

Marcus Skeet died on Tuesday from injuries suffered in the crash on the A628 Woodhead Pass between Manchester and Sheffield on September 25.

The 36-year-old, who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo, worked at the Army’s Reinforcements Training and Mobilisation Centre in Chilwell, Nottinghamshire, as a training team commander.

His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Martin Travers, said his death was a tragedy and that Cpt Skeet was “the utmost professional, a man that took great pride in everything he did”.

He added: “Smart, self-assured and full of good humour, he was the perfect fit for his role, inspiring confidence in thousands of individuals preparing for operations.

“He approached life with enthusiasm, optimism, unbelievable energy and with a can-do attitude that became his hallmark.

“Those of us lucky enough to work alongside him are left with lifelong and happy memories of a charming man and a first-rate soldier. Whilst we grieve deeply for his loss, our sadness can not compare with that of his family and girlfriend. To them we extend our deepest condolences.”

Prior to starting at the training centre in 2011, Cpt Skeet had served abroad with the 22 and 30 Signal Regiments after being commissioned into the Royal Signals in December 2003.

He joined the Army in 1995 as a Guardsman with 1 Battalion the Irish Guards and performed Army tasks from ceremonial duties in London to operations in Kosovo.

Further tributes were paid on the Royal Signals Facebook page and an Army discussion forum.

Cpt Skeet was riding a grey Suzuki Bandit motorcycle at around 12.45pm on September 25 when it was in collision with a brown BMW 320D outside the Dog and Partridge pub.

Both the BMW and the motorcycle are believed to have been travelling towards Flouch roundabout. He was taken to hospital but died on Tuesday.

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the motorcycle on the A628 prior to the collision or who witnessed the incident.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.