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Home / Latest News / Family of soldier who died in Brecon Beacons three years ago say questions need to be answered again after latest death

Family of soldier who died in Brecon Beacons three years ago say questions need to be answered again after latest death

The father and widow of a soldier who died in a training exercise in the Brecon Beacons in 2013 have offered their condolences to family of Josh Hoole.

Superfit soldier Mr Hoole, 26, from Scotland, died during a training exercise in the Brecon Beacons during an exercise with the Rifles regiment on the hottest day of the year.

Dyfed-Powys Police said they have launched an investigation into the “sudden death” on Tuesday morning.

Collapsed during routine run

The soldier, from Ecclefechan, who served two tours in Afghanistan, was preparing for a seven-week training course for promotion to platoon sergeant when he is thought to have collapsed during a routine eight mile training run close to the Infantry Battle School at Dering Lines in Brecon.

The tragedy comes three years after three soldiers who died after taking part in an SAS training exercise in the Brecon Beacons in 2013 on one of the hottest days of the year.

(Left to right) Lance Corporal Craig Roberts, Lance Corporal Edward Maher and Corporal James Dunsby died after taking part in an SAS training exercise on Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons, in Wales, in July 2013

A coroner ruled Lance Corporal Edward Maher, from Winchester, Lance Corporal Craig Roberts, from Penrhyn Bay, North Wales, and Corporal James Dunsby, from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, died as a result of neglect on the 16-mile exercise.

Cpl Dunsby’s father David Dunsby said he had “extreme sympathy” for the family of Mr Hoole.

He said: “It is another sad time for another heartbroken family.

“I have empathy for the family of Corporal Joshua Hoole and a extreme sympathy for what lays ahead for his family and his fiancée, difficult times lay ahead.

“I can only say that if it was a heat related incident, then the questions need to be answered once again by the MOD – were the new procedures put in place and were they adhered to? For all we know, they may well have been.

“I hope and pray that the Ministry of Defence/Army are not at fault.

“But it is very important at this stage not to speculate, there are loving family members who will need comfort and understanding. Hopefully we will get the truth early.”

Another tragic death in training

Speaking to Channel 4 News, Cpl Dunsby’s widow Bryher Dunsby said: “I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences and my love to Joshua’s fiancée, family and friends following another tragic death in training at Brecon.

“I sincerely hope all the inquiries into this are conducted promptly, with truth, integrity and total transparency by the MOD.”

Bryher Dunsby, widow of James Dunsby, reads a statement surrounded by family

Following Mr Hoole’s death, the MOD released a statement saying thoughts and prayers were with the soldier’s family and friends.

It was also confirmed a service inquiry will take place as well as the police investigation.

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