Soldier suffered organ failure

Corporal James Dunsby died of multiple organ failure 17 days after collapsing during a training exercise on the Brecon Beacons, an inquest has heard.

Soldier in Brecon training exercise suffered 'multiple organ failure'

Corporal James Dunsby died on 30th July after collapsing on a training exercise Credit: MOD

A third soldier who died following an SAS reservist training exercise in the Brecon Beacons suffered multiple organ failure, an inquest has heard.

Corporal James Dunsby died in hospital 17 days after collapsing on Pen Y Fan on 13th July. Lance Corporals Edward Maher and Craig Roberts also died in the incident.

The opening of an inquest into Cpl Dunsby's death at Aberdare Coroner's Court heard that the 31 year old was one of six soldiers to collapse on Pen Y Fan.

Coroner Louise Hunt said a post-mortem found his died of "multiple organ failure." The inquest was adjourned until September. A full inquest into the deaths of all three men will be held at a later date.

Tributes to reserve soldier who 'adored the Army'

Tributes have been paid to 31-year-old Corporal James Dunsby, who died yesterday in hospital after falling ill during SAS selection training in the Brecon Beacons.

In a statement released through the Ministry of Defence, his family said he "adored the Army" and had the "most infectious enthusiasm for life".

He was the most loving and dependable husband, not to mention the most handsome of men of whom could not be more cherished.

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.

With James as your friend you were ensured loyalty, strength, allegiance, protection and most of all a damn good laugh.

James adored the army and believed so passionately in his duty as a protector of Queen and country and of the realm.

James was so dearly loved by so many and will be sorely missed. Hurrah and Huzzah for James Dunsby; a greater man you could not meet.

We ask to be allowed to come to terms with our grief and loss of our beloved son and brother James.

– Family statement

Corporal Dunsby had been in a serious condition in hospital after falling ill during the exercise on July 13 - one of the hottest days of the year.

His death follows that of colleagues Edward John Maher and Lance Corporal Craig John Roberts.

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Third TA soldier dies following Brecon Beacons training exercise

The Ministry of Defence has announced that a third army reserve soldier injured during a training exercise on the Brecon Beacons earlier this month has died from his injuries.

It is with great sadness that we can confirm that a third army reserve soldier injured during a training exercise in the Brecon Beacons has died of his injuries. The family have asked for a period of grace before he is named and request that this is respected by the media.

– Ministry of Defence spokesperson

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Investigation continues into death of Brecon soldiers

Lance Corporal Craig John Roberts collapsed on one of the hottest days of the year. Credit: Wales News Service

Further tests will be carried out concerning the deaths of two soldiers during SAS selection training in the Brecon Beacons.

Edward John Maher and Lance Corporal Craig John Roberts collapsed on one of the hottest days of the year while climbing south Wales' highest mountain.

An inquest at Brecon Law Courts in Powys, mid Wales, gave the medical deaths of the pair as "unascertained".

Speaking at the brief hearing was Dyfed Powys Police Detective Inspector Ieuan Wyn Jones.

He said L/Cpl Roberts had been pronounced dead on the mountain at 5.15pm, while Mr Maher died at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr almost three hours later.

"Post-mortems have been carried out and the causes of death are unascertained. Further investigations are being carried out," he said.

Mr Maher and L/Cpl Roberts were understood to be taking part in the aptitude training element of the course to become SAS reservists.

They were climbing Pen Y Fan, the highest mountain in southern Britain, on July 13.

L/Cpl Roberts, 24, of Penrhyn Bay, had served with the Territorial Army for around five years and is understood to have served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Mr Maher was named as the second fatality by Ministry of Defence officials only this morning.

Second dead Brecon soldier named ahead of inquest

Edward Maher died alongside Lance Corporal Craig Roberts after they collapsed on the Brecon Beacons. Credit: MOD

The second of two reservists who died during a selection exercise for the Territorial Army's SAS section at Brecon has been named.

Edward Maher died alongside Lance Corporal Craig Roberts after they collapsed in soaring temperatures while scaling Pen Y Fan in the Beacons on July 13.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said, "Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.Investigations are being carried out by Powys police and the army. We cannot comment any further until these investigations are complete."

An inquest will open today into the deaths of both reservists including Lance Corporal Craig Roberts. Credit: Wales News Service

Inquests of both reservists are due to be opened and adjourned this afternoon by Powys coroner Louise Hunt.

Although the full facts of the case will not be heard, the hearing will see the issuing of interim death certificates - allowing the bereaved families to begin funeral preparations.

It is also anticipated that a brief medical cause of death will be read into the public record for both cases.

Sources have said that L/Cpl Roberts and his colleague died from heat exhaustion on July 13 as temperatures hit 29.5C (85.1F).

When news of the deaths broke, tributes poured in for former teaching assistant L/Cpl Roberts, of Penrhyn Bay, near Llandudno.

The 24-year-old had reportedly served with the TA for more than five years, including tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.