The family of a soldier killed in a horror tank crash said they have been left devastated by an inquiry into the tragedy which blamed the Army for 179 separate failures.
Staff Sgt John 'Jock' McKelvie died when the Jackal reconnaissance vehicle he was driving rolled down a hill during a training exercise in Catterick, North Yorkshire.
The former tank commander with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards had served for 22 years in the regular Army before joining the Scottish and Northern Irish Yeomanry, an Army reserve unit.
But he was seriously injured when the seven-ton unit overturned six times as the vehicle lost control on January 29, 2019.
John’s mum Rita, 72, of Drongan, Ayrshire, said: “The vehicle was a death trap. No one from the Army has ever been in touch to find out how we’re coping – the Army has never apologised.”
Dad-of-three John, from Ayr, died seven days later in hospital when his life-support machine was switched off.
The 51-year-old was a veteran of Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo.
A service inquiry into the accident found there were numerous problems and systematic failures which led to his death. The vehicle was designed for troops who are 6ft 2in or under.
But John was 6ft 4in, which meant that when the vehicle rolled, his head made contact with the ground. The inquiry found there had been 34 similar accidents, which had left 30 soldiers with head and neck injuries.
The detailed 260-page report called on General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, the head of the Army, to institute a raft of recommendations to ensure future tragedies are prevented.
Rita added: “I was devastated when I read the report. There were so many problems with that vehicle. John meant everything to me. He was a fantastic soldier.
"The Army was his life. I find it hard to understand how we can be treated like this.”
Jacqueline Welsh, one of John’s two sisters, said: “The Army killed my brother. The way they have treated my family since John’s death has been atrocious.”
Jacqueline, 51, who lives in Cornwall, added: “The Army held a service at the National Arboretum where John’s name was memorialised on the wall but they never told us this was happening.
"We found out about the service on Facebook. There was an RAF fly past but my family was not informed.
“The inquiry lists more than 170 failures. Before John’s crash there were 34 other cases where Jackals had rolled over. The report has exposed systemic failings across the Army.”
The MoD insisted the Jackal is safe and is now deployed on operations in Mali. Colonel Graham Livingstone, of the Army Safety Centre, said: “This was a tragic incident and our thoughts remain with the family of Staff Sgt John McKelvie.
“We are considering the recommendations of this investigation and where lessons are identified we will implement any required changes to ensure the vehicles continue to be operated safely.”