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Post-mortem due after death of soldier in Brecon

A post-mortem is due to be held on Friday of a soldier who died whilst training in Brecon.

Credit: Facebook/Joshua Hoole

26-year-old Joshua Hoole, from Scotland, was taking part in a training exercise for the Platoon Sergeants' Battle Course - a course taken by infantry soldiers who want to progress to the rank of sergeant.

It's been described as "both mentally and physically demanding".

Mr Hoole was a member of The Rifles Regiment. One of his commanding officers said the regiment was 'devastated'.

His family have lost a son, a brother, a fiancee and a very special friend, their grief will be inconsolable.

Truly the thoughts and prayers of every single Rifleman in the Regiment and all his colleagues at the Infantry Training Centre are with them in their hour of need, now and in the forthcoming days and beyond.

– Major Dean Church MBE, officer commanding, The Rifles, 1st infantry training battalion
Credit: Facebook / Joshua Hoole

Mr Hoole died on the training exercise on what was the hottest day of the year in the Brecon area of Wales, where temperatures peaked at just above 30C.

It comes just three months after the Defence Select Committee published a report calling for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to be liable for prosecution for the deaths of armed forces personnel.

Defence Minister Harriet Baldwin confirmed that the MoD will carry out a full investigation into his death.

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