Brecon Beacons deaths: Army names third soldier who died after SAS selection exercise
Paul Bignell is an Assistant News Editor at The Independent. He has previously been the acting News Editor of the i Paper, a home news reporter for The Independent for one year and a reporter for the Independent on Sunday for six years.
Wednesday 31 July 2013
A third soldier who died from injuries sustained in SAS selection training in mid-Wales last month, was today named as Corporal James Dunsby.
The 31-year-old army reservist died on Tuesday in hospital from injuries after collapsing on one of the hottest days of the year during a training exercise in the Brecon Beacons. His death follows that of colleagues Edward Maher, 31 and Lance Corporal Craig Roberts, who also lost their lives after collapsing during the military exercise on south Wales' highest mountain.
In a statement issued through the Ministry of Defence (MoD) the family of Cpl Dunsby, who was a member of the Army Reserves (The Royal Yeomanry), said he had the "most infectious enthusiasm for life" and was a much 'loved, son, brother and husband' who 'adored the army.'
"He was the most loving and dependable husband, not to mention the most handsome of men of whom could not be more cherished," they said.
"James was and will remain a dearly loved, son, brother and husband. He had the uniquely wonderful ability to endear, enchant and captivate all who he met with his naughty sense of humour and highly intelligent wit…James adored the army and believed so passionately in his duty as a protector of Queen and country and of the realm."
Witnesses on the day described seeing two soldiers "clearly in distress" who pleaded with them for some drinking water.
An inquest at Brecon Law Courts in Powys, mid Wales, gave the medical deaths of L/Cpl Roberts and Mr Maher as "unascertained" and said further tests would be carried out.
L/Cpl Roberts had been pronounced dead on the mountain, while Mr Maher died at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil almost three hours later.
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