A SOLDIER who died in a car crash in Ireland was from Barnsley.

Rifleman Dale Harris, who served with the 2nd Battalion The Rifles and was based in County Antrim, was one of two 24-year-olds who died after being involved in a collision with a tractor on Friday night.

Lance Corporal David Gwilt, of Bedford, also passed away after the crash.

In a statement, their regiment said their 'tragic deaths' had come as a terrible shock.

"David and Dale were much liked, professional and hugely competent soldiers who had fantastic futures ahead of them," the statement said.

"The whole battalion is deeply saddened by their loss and our heartfelt condolences go to their families and friends at this most difficult time."

A 21-year-old man who was also in the car suffered head injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

The driver of the tractor was treated at the scene.