Soldier dies in Brecon Beacons during hottest day

An infantry soldier from the Rifles Regiment has died while on a training exercise in the Brecon Beacons. It happened on Tuesday which was the hottest day of the year so far.

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Funeral taking place of soldier who died on training-exercise in Brecon

Credit: Facebook/Josh Hoole

The funeral takes place today of a soldier who died during a training exercise in Brecon.

Mourners will line the streets in Corporal Josh Hoole's home village of Ecclefechan, Dumfries and Galloway, as a piper leads the hearse through the village.

The 26-year-old was a member of The Rifles regiment and served two tours in Afghanistan. His coffin will be carried by a military bearer party.

Corporal Hoole, stationed at Catterick in North Yorkshire, was on pre-course training for the Platoon Sergeants' Battle Course, which is described as "both mentally and physically demanding", when he collapsed during a training run in Brecon on July 19. A police investigation into his death is continuing.

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MoD to carry out 'full investigation' following soldier death

The Ministry of Defence has vowed to carry out a full investigation after a soldier died while training in Brecon.

Cpl Josh Hoole, from Scotland, collapsed following an early-morning march on Tuesday. He was a member of The Rifles regiment. He was also due to serve as best man at his brother's wedding next week, his grandfather John Craig told ITV News.

Mr Craig, 79, described Hoole as 'a good lad' who was dedicated to his job in a tribute.

Richard Morgan reports:

Soldier died doing 'standard fitness test'

Infantry soldier Josh Hoole who died while on a training exercise was conducting a 'standard fitness test', according to the Ministry of Defence.

Joshua was based at ITC Catterick with the Rifles Regiment Credit: Facebook/Joshua Hoole

The eight-mile march began at infantry centre Dering Lines in Brecon around 7am on Tuesday - which was the hottest day of the year so far.

Soldiers were carrying a total weight of 25kg and were wearing boots, carrying webbing, a burgen and a rifle.

Flags fly at Dering Line infantry centre in Brecon

The MoD says the march was 'basic combat fitness' and it is a 'standard minimum requirement test'.

The march was conducted along tarmacked roads along the Brecon Beacons. It is understood there were no hills along the route.

The march lasted for two hours and upon returning to the centre, Mr Hoole collapsed and an ambulance was called.

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'Superfit' soldier who died on training exercise named

The soldier who died in Brecon while on a training exercise has been described as a 'beautiful grandson' and a 'superfit boy' by his family.

Josh Hoole, from Ecclefechan near Lockerbie in Scotland, was a member of The Rifles regiment.

Credit: Facebook/Josh Hoole

The 26-year-old, who died on Tuesday, was conducting pre-course training for the Platoon Sergeants' Battle Course, which is described as "both mentally and physically demanding".

His grandfather John Craig said he was a 'beautiful grandson.'

"He was a dedicated soldier. He always wanted to be top dog. He was a superfit boy, he kept very fit."

"He visited me regularly, every chance he got. I took a bottle of whisky to him on the 12th of July for his 26th birthday."

Police investigating circumstances surrounding soldier death

Police say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a soldier in the Brecon Beacons.

The infantry soldier died on the morning of Tuesday 19 July - the hottest day of the year so far.

Police are working closely with the Ministry of Defence in relation to this sudden death. Next of kin and HM Coroner have been informed.”

– Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson
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