A soldier who died of head injuries he suffered in a league game at Linton Military Camp has been farewelled at the army base.

Lieutenant Sam Scott, 21, died in hospital last Wednesday after hurting his head in a tackle during an intra-unit league nines game at the Palmerston North base 10 days ago.

His funeral was held at the Linton Military Camp conference centre yesterday afternoon before a private cremation.

Parents Andrew and Louise earlier said their popular son died "playing a game he loved, in a job he loved".


"He was just a special young man. Can't really say much more than that," Mr Scott said.

Andrew Scott is a top equestrian rider who represented New Zealand and was a reserve at the 1984 Los Angeles and 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Sam Scott had graduated as an officer in December 2012 and was recently promoted from Second Lieutenant to First Lieutenant.