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Mother of soldier who died after punishment exercise: 'Both of us trusted the Army to look after him'

rivate Gavin Williams was serving with 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh in 2006 when he died. Credit: Family

The mother of a solider who died at the age of 22 following a gruelling “beasting” punishment on a searingly hot parade ground in Wiltshire has released a statement describing her ordeal.

Debra Williams describes attending her son's army passing out parade as 'the proudest day' of her life and that 'both of them trusted the Army to look after him'.

The proudest day of my life was when I saw my son Gavin come out on parade in uniform after he joined the British Army in November 2005, in the footsteps of his grandfather. I know that Gavin felt the same way, and both of us trusted the Army to look after him. Less than nine months later in July 2006, I was forced to look at my son as he lay asleep, never to wake up again: that was the worst moment of my life, and I see that moment in my head every single day.

What happened to Gavin was wrong, plain and simple: he was killed by the way in which his fellow soldiers chose to punish him unlawfully - to "beast" him - for nothing other than a silly prank. Over the 6 weeks of the inquest I heard for myself the other in which the Army allowed that to happen and what it meant in reality. I know that the nature of that "beasting" was so inhuman and degrading that it cannot be tolerated in any civilised world.

– Debra Williams, mother of Gavin Williams

Inquest into soldier's death at Tidworth barracks due to reopen

Private Gavin Williams.

An inquest begins today into the death of a soldier who collapsed and died at a Wiltshire barracks in 2006.

22-year-old Private Gavin Williams died after undergoing an informal punishment known as 'beasting' at Lucknow Barracks in Tidworth.

Three soldiers were cleared of his manslaughter in 2008, but his family have asked for the inquest into his death to be reopened.


Man jailed for internet grooming Wiltshire girls

Jagdey jailed for grooming and sexual activity with a child Credit: Wiltshire Police

A man has been jailed for four years for internet grooming and sexual offences.

Paramveer Singh Jagdey , 25 of Earley, Berkshire and formerly from Reading was sentenced for sexual activity with a child and two years to run concurrently for grooming and causing/inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Jagdey was found guilty last month after contacting 13 year old girls from Tidworth via an internet chat room initially pretending to be a 16 year old boy.

Coroner's verdict: suicide and unlawful killing

A coroner has said that a father from Wiltshire killed his sons before committing suicide.

The body of Graham Anderson was found alongside his sons Jack, who was 11, and 3 year old Bryn at their flat in Tidworth last summer.

The coroner described it as a distressing case. Robert Murphy was in court. Some parts of his report may be upsetting.

Coroner's verdict into 3 year old's death

The Wiltshire coroner says the cause of 3 year old Bryn Anderson's death is unclear but has recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.

The bodies of 11 year old Jack and 3 year old Bryn were found next to the body of their father, Graham Anderson, in a flat in Tidworth in September last year.

The coroner earlier recorded a verdict of suicide into the death of Graham Anderson. He said 11 year old Jack was also unlawfully killed by his father.

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