Military funeral likely for league-death soldier
The family of a Linton soldier who died as a result of injuries suffered in a rugby league game have been offered a full military funeral.
Lieutenant Samuel Andrew Scott, 21, was critically injured while taking part in an intra-unit rugby league nines tournament on Friday at Linton Military Camp.
He was taken to Palmerston North Hospital, and later to Wellington Hospital, where he died on Wednesday.
Scott was a member of the Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals.
A Defence Force spokeswoman said that as a serving officer, Scott was entitled to a military funeral, which would be held at the Linton camp, but it was up to his family whether they took up that option.
Friends of Scott paid tribute to him on Facebook, some changing their profile images to pictures of him, and expressing their shock at his sudden death.
"Today we lost one of the best mates and one of the most genuine good guys that anyone could ever ask for," wrote Zane Burn.
"It is so hard to comprehend that you have left us for now, but there is no doubt that we will meet again some day."
Scott died playing a game he loved, in a job he loved, according to a statement from his family.
He was raised in Manawatu by Andrew and Louise Scott, prominent members of the equestrian community.
He graduated from officer cadet school in December 2012, and went straight to work in the Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals.
It was a challenge he rose to, according to friend Stuart Glendinning.
"I remember thinking you were crazy when you left [school] to join the army in sixth form, but man you took the challenge and you smashed it!"
- The Dominion Post