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Tributes paid to teenage soldiers after traffic collision

On the 29th October at approx. 10.15, emergency services were called to a road traffic collision involving a Renault Clio which had struck a tree on Perham Down Road, Tidworth.

Police have now released the names of the two victims who tragically lost their lives. 18-year-old Courtney Jennings and her 19-year-old fiancé, Jack Paolucci from Birmingham.

Two passengers remain in hospital, with one, a 27-year-old man, in a stable but critical condition.

Witnesses claim that all 6 occupants were dressed up on their way to a Halloween party. Louise Paolucci posted on social media “This is my nephew and his fiancé that lost their lives in this tragic accident all involved are army personnel who were going to a Halloween party”

The family of Courtney Jennings, one of two people killed have said they have been left heartbroken by her loss.

Courtney, was just 18, was serving with the REME based at Tidworth with her family home in Staffordshire. Her family said “Courtney lost her life far too soon. No parent should ever find themselves in this situation, but through all our heartache we have the memories of our daughter that will forever keep our hearts bright.

“Courtney was 14 when she decided she was going to join the Army, and through her own aspiration and determination she succeeded and left home at 16 to join Harrogate Foundation college to achieve her dreams.

“She made herself proud, and all around her as proud of her as they could be. She has the brightest smile and infectious laugh. Once she started you could not help joining in. She was selfless with the kindest heart and was extremely close to her family. She always showed her love to everyone.

Courtney was determined and sometimes stubborn, but always saw the bigger picture. When she met Jack she was the happiest that we’d ever seen her. Jack truly looked after her, and that was reassuring to us as parents.

Speaking to her on FaceTime on Friday she was beaming about them going out to a nightclub together to celebrate Halloween. Her costume took weeks to prepare.

Unfortunately, she never made it and that breaks our hearts. We were really looking forward to her sending us pictures of the night.

She sent us pictures before they left and she looked so beautiful. We will forever hold that in our thoughts. We cannot believe that we will never get to hear her voice or hug her again.

“It is absolutely tragic, and we will forever miss our angel.”

The circumstances of the collision remain part of an ongoing investigation and anyone with any information is asked to call 101 and quote reference number 54210105760.