I read an account of the tragic death of two Territorial Army soldiers who were ordered on a march in the Brecon Beacons area of South Wales; and then I read it again, or at least part of it. The part I read again with growing incredulity was:-
‘One of the soldiers made a compassionate plea for some drinking water for his colleague,’ he said. ‘I don’t think it occurred to us that fatalities were going to result.
‘But it certainly was slightly odd that the two soldiers in particular had bunched together and were clearly in distress. That caused a little bit of alarm among us.
‘But it was a military exercise and you do expect, I suppose, that they are under duress and discomfort.’
Mr Capstick said one soldier was ‘upset’ and asked for water for his colleague rather than himself.
When the hikers told them their own supplies were limited, the soldiers said they would look for water in a stream marked on their map. ‘It must have taken quite a lot for the soldier to ask some civilian hikers for help,’ added Mr Capstick.
Now the question is; Should the ‘walkers’ be classified as ‘Priests’, or ‘Levites’?