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Soldier's family: 'Hurrah & Huzzah for James Dunsby'

Cpl Dunsby was a member of the Army Reserves (The Royal Yeomanry). Credit: Ministry of Defence

The family of Corporal James Dunsby have paid a loving tribute to him, saying "a greater man you could not meet".

Cpl Dunsby became the third army reserve soldier to die from injuries sustained during SAS selection training in the Brecon Beacons.

His family said: "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 & Huzzah for James Dunsby; a greater man you could not meet."


Marine death not 'friendly fire'

An initial review into the deaths of a Royal Marine in Afghanistan has revealed it was not caused by "friendly fire", the Ministry of Defence has said.

27 year-old Corporal David O'Connor was serving with 40 Commando, based in Taunton.

He was killed while on patrol in Helmand Province on Wednesday.

Corporal Channing Day from 3 Medical Regiment was also killed. Both were deployed to Afghanistan last month to help train Afghan National Security Forces.

An Afghan man, who is believed to have been a member of the Afghan Uniformed Police also died during the incident, an MOD spokesperson confirmed.

He added that the deaths were not the result of a "friendly fire" incident but that investigations into who was responsible could take some time.

Redundancies in armed forces announced

Armed forces redundancies will be announced today Credit: Tim Ireland / PA Wire

More than a thousand armed forces personnel are being informed today that they must quit the services as part of efforts to control defence spending.

It is unclear how many people in our region will be affected by these latest cuts to be announced by the Ministry of Defence.

A large number of people in the south west have already lost their jobs in previous rounds of cutbacks.

30% of the 3,800 confirmed redundancies are compulsory - with the bulk coming from the Army, which is facing the biggest overall cuts.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said fewer than expected were being axed from the Royal Navy and the RAF due to other measures such as slowed recruitment.

In total, 170 and 330 personnel from those two services are receiving notices - 29% of them on a compulsory basis.


Soldier killed in Afghanistan

Battlesbury Barracks - home to 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment Credit: ITV West

A soldier serving with 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, has been killed in Afghanistan.

He was on a patrol to disrupt insurgent activity in the south of Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand Province, when he was killed by small arms fire. '3 Yorks' are based at Battlesbury Barracks in Warminster, as part of 12 mechanised brigade.

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