The inquest into the death of Cpl James Dunsby at Brecon Beacons has found that the reservist died of multiple organ failure two weeks after collapsing on SAS selection training.
Cpl Dunsby, 31, was one of three soldiers of who died in the training exercise that took place at the Powys training camp last month. Temperatures soared to 30 degrees causing six soldiers to collapse in the heat. Of those six, two, L/Cpl Craig Roberts and Trooper Eddie Maher unfortunately died; L/Cpl Roberts being pronounced dead at the scene, and Trooper Maher dying in hospital around three hours later.
The coroner for the inquest, Louise Hunt, told the Aberdare hearing that the Human Rights Act would play an “important part” in the investigation into Cpl Dunsby’s death. Ms. Hunt stressed that further tests still needed to be carried out, however, and that the purpose of the inquest was “not to proportion blame”. Proceedings are set to take place on the 3rd September when an interim inquest will be heard.
Last week also marked the funeral of L/Cpl Roberts. The 24-year old was given a funeral with full military honours at Holy Trinity Church in Llandudno, north Wales. Lieutenant Colonel Paul Morris, Commanding Officer 3rd Battalion, The Royal Anglican Regiment, said: “Craig was a talented young man with a bright future ahead of him, both as an army reservist and in his civilian life. He was the epitome of the can-do volunteer ethos. Craig will be missed dearly by everyone who knew him; his family, his friends, his colleagues. We will miss him greatly and we will remember him.”
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