The father of a soldier who died in an SAS selection test has described how he sat talking to his son at his bedside hours before he died. James Dunsby - who was hoping to the join the Hereford-base SAS regiment - suffered fatal heat stroke on a test march.
His father has been speaking to ITV news about his last moments with his son. Tomorrow, a coroner is due to record a verdict into the recruit's death. Two other soldiers also died on the march. Mark Gough reports.
Today is the last day of evidence for an inquest into the deaths of three Army reservists who collapsed during an SAS training exercise.
- 11.18am first reports of men struggling with the heat.
- At 3.36pm, L/Cpl Roberts activated his personal "man-down" beacon showing he was in trouble, and was found 25 minutes later.
- L/Cpl Maher, had set off on the same route at a slightly different time, but at 4.10pm his tracker showed he had also stopped. He was not found for another 45 minutes, and was "not breathing". He was only about 1,000 yards from the finishing line.
- Cpl Dunsby was on a different route, but started to fall behind time. At 4.10pm, he was noted as not making any progress, and at 4.52pm he was actually found by directing staff
Both L/Cpl Roberts and L/Cpl Maher died of hyperthermia, while Cpl Dunsby died of multiple organ failure as a result of hyperthermia.
Verdicts are expected to be recorded on July 14.
It's claimed an army officer told a grieving family it would have been 'too much paperwork' to cancel an SAS test march - in which three soldiers died on the Brecon Beacons.
An inquest has been told the remarks were made to the relatives of Lance Corporal Craig Roberts from Penrhyn Bay.
Watch the report from Alexandra Lodge below:
The inquest also heard from one of four other reservists who were hospitalised after the march.
He gave evidence from screened-off witness box constructed specifically to protect military witnesses' identity.
GPS details show what happened and when to three soldiers who died in 2013 while on a long march as part of the SAS selection process.Read the full story ›
A Leicester University graduate who collapsed and died during an SAS training exercise in the Brecon Beacons two years ago a "genuine man, who lit up every room he was in", an inquest has been told.
Lance Corporal Craig Roberts, 24, was pronounced dead on the mountainside after taking part in the military exercise on Pen Y Fan in July 2013.
ITV Wales reporter Alexandra Lodge has the latest from the inquest in Solihull:
Lawyer speaking on behalf of Lance Corporal Craig Roberts' parents. Describe him as avid reader who loved learning, cycling, swimming&music
Craig Roberts joined officer training corps whilst studying at Leicester University. He loved everything about TA life #sasinquest
Craig Roberts was described by his friends as a genuine man, who lit up every room he was in-a great colleague and friend
Craig Roberts was working as a teaching assistant and British military fitness trainer whilst applying for the Foreign Office
Craig would train on Brecon Beacons - marching with weight, running & cycling. Described as one of "fittest blokes" on course
Craig Roberts family want to know why the soldiers were sent up into mountains in the heat? Hope inquest will answer questions for them
The coroner in the inquest into the deaths of three soldiers who died after a military exercise in Brecon Beacons has ordered a five minute delay in reporting details from the hearing.
"To protect national security issues" the coroner has ordered a 5 minute delay on reporting proceedings #SASinquest
The Ministry of Defence had argued for this because of the potential of disclosing of facts relating to national security.
An Army officer told a grieving family it would have been "too much paperwork" to cancel a special forces test march which led to three deaths, a coroner has heard.
The unnamed commanding officer allegedly made the remark to relatives of Lance Corporal Craig Roberts.
ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn is at the inquest in Birmingham.
An inquest into the deaths of three soldiers during a gruelling SAS test in 2013 has heard from their families, as they talk about the men's hopes of joining 'the best of the best.'
Cpl James Dunsby wanted to join "the best of the best" says his wife about his ambition for the SAS.
"This was one of the things he had been training for all of his life" says Edward Maher's father. #SASinquest
An inquest into the deaths of three Army reservists who collapsed during an SAS training exercise in 2013 will ensure the "full facts are brought to light", the coroner said.
ITV News Corespondent Rupert Evelyn is at the inquests:
SAS inquest will look at planning of event, briefings given to staff and soldiers taking part, whether it should have been aborted....
Some witnesses giving evidence here will do so behind a screen and they will be referred to by a number rather than name. #SASinquest
An inquest into the deaths of three Army reservists who collapsed during an SAS training exercise in 2013 is due to begin today.
Lance Corporal Edward Maher, Lance Corporal Craig Roberts and Corporal James Dunsby died after taking part in the military exercise on Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons, in Wales.
- Background: Third SAS training soldier dies
L/Cpl Roberts, 24 and from Penrhyn Bay, Conwy, was pronounced dead on the mountainside, while L/Cpl Maher and Cpl Dunsby, both 31, were taken to hospital.
L/Cpl Maher died three hours later in Merthyr Tydfil's Prince Charles Hospital while Cpl Dunsby, from Bath, Somerset, was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where he died on July 30.
The hearing was delayed to allow the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to review its decision not to bring criminal charges of gross negligence manslaughter over the deaths.
A number of other soldiers taking part in the exercise on July 13, when temperatures hit 29C (84F), also collapsed and needed medical attention.