THE family of a serving soldier who was tragically killed in a car crash say he was “loved by all who knew him”.
Gordon Quigley, 26, died when a car veered off Wolviston Road, in Billingham, and hit a barrier and a lamp-post just after midnight on Sunday morning.
The lance corporal in the 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment was taken to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, but was pronounced dead by medics.
His family have now released a joint statement, describing the dad as a “loving father, husband and a very much loved son, brother, grandson and nephew”.
The tribute from his wife, Katie Quigley, parents Jacqueline and Gordon Quigley, and sister Amy Quigley, added: “He was loved by all who knew him.
“Gordon was a lance corporal who spent his life in the military, spending his childhood in Germany with his military family. Gordon was due to return to serve in Afghanistan in September 2012.
“Gordon was a talented and keen sports and music enthusiast, who loved his motorbikes and guitars.
“He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.”
Two men were arrested on suspicion of driving over the prescribed alcohol limit and causing death by dangerous driving following the fatal crash just after midnight.
Both are still on bail pending further inquiries.
Gordon’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Phil Kimber, said it was with the “deepest regret” that Gordon’s fellow soldiers learned of his death.
Gordon, originally from Scotland, had been living at Catterick Garrison, in North Yorkshire, with his wife at the time of the collision.
He added: “Lance Corporal Quigley transferred to the 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in May 2011 and has never looked back.
“He loved his job and was particularly good at it.
“It is a mark of his ability that he was due to undertake pre-selection for a demanding junior infantry commanders course less than a year after he joined the infantry. Undoubtedly he would have excelled.
“He was a talented junior commander who had a bright future ahead of him.
“As a hugely well liked and respected junior commander his loss will be keenly felt by all in his company and the wider battalion.
“Our thoughts are with his family at this desperately sad time and we share their grief.”
Cleveland Police are still appealing for any witnesses to the crash to contact investigating officers on the non-emergency 101 number.