Deepcut barracks deaths: Body of Pte Cheryl James exhumed ahead of new inquest

18-year-old was one of four soldiers to die at the barracks amid bullying claims

Tom Brooks-Pollock
Thursday 10 September 2015 15:57

The body of one of the soldiers to die at Deepcut army barracks was exhumed ahead of a new inquest into her death.

Pte Cheryl James was 18 when in 1995 she was found dead at the barracks, in Surrey, with a bullet wound between her right eye and the bridge of her nose.

Now it has emerged her body was exhumed and reburied ahead of the second inquest, ordered by the high court last year.

She was one of four soldiers to die between 1995-2002 at Deepcut barracks, where recruits claimed there was widespread bullying and abuse.

The three others – Sean Benton, 20, James Collinson, 17, and Geoff Gray, 17 – also died from gunshot wounds.

A fresh inquest into Pte James's death in July last year by the high court, which found that her original army inquest had shown an "insufficiency of inquiry".

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