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Fatigue may have caused death of young soldier, inquest hears

Private Cameron Laing was expecting his first child when he died last year. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

The death of a young soldier on Dartmoor may have been caused by fatigue.

20-year-old Private Cameron Laing died after being crushed between a trailer and truck, after a convoy got lost on its way to Okehampton Camp in April 2014.

Today the inquest into his death heard that the troops on the trucks had been on duty for 15 hours - two hours longer than the army's daily work limit.

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Mental Health expert says life after Army can be challenging

An mental health expert has said it can be easy for servicemen and women to become disillusioned with the armed forces on return from a Tour of Duty.

It comes after decorated war hero L/Cpl Wesley Masters announced he is quitting the army because he feels 'under-valued and treated like an idiot' on routine exercises.

David Wilcox, from the South West Veterans Mental Health Service, says that even after leaving readjusting to life as a civilian can be difficult.

Somerset war hero resigns from the Army

Lance Corporal Wesley Masters has resigned from the Army Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

A decorated war hero from Taunton has said he is quitting the Army after becoming disillusioned with military life as the war in Afghanistan draws to a close.

L/Cpl Wesley Masters, a medic serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps, has completed three tours of duty in Helmand province.

After his most recent deployment he was awarded the Military Cross - the highest possible honour - for acting with selfless disregard for his own life to save his friend L/Cpl Simon Moloney.

He ignored heavy Taliban fire to deliver life-saving to L/Cpl Moloney after he had been shot through the neck.

Despite being widely praised for his bravery, L/Cpl Masters said he had never regarded himself as a hero and now felt men of his experience were being under-valued.

He has resigned from the Army and will leave within three months, saying that now the conflict in Afghanistan is all but over many were finding it difficult to go back to the normal routines of military life.

"There are a lot of us who have done a lot of good work in Afghanistan and gained valuable experience.

"Now we're being told we need to go back to basics and it feels like we're being treated like idiots.

"I feel like we've earned more respect than that and it just doesn't feel right.

"I can only speak for myself, but when you've done what we've done, it is very difficult to go back to playing toy soldiers on training exercises."

– L/Cpl Wesley Masters
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Taunton Army Medic awarded military cross

An Army Medic who risked his life to save a friend shot through the neck by a Taliban sniper in Afghanistan, has been awarded a military cross for bravery.

Lance Corporal Wesley Masters, who's from Taunton, ran four hundred metres - under heavy enemy fire - to get to his colleague and then continued to fight for another 90 minutes after he'd treated him.