Funeral of Trowbridge soldier who died after Brecon Beacon training exercise (From This Is Wiltshire)
Funeral of Trowbridge soldier who died after Brecon Beacon training exercise
The funeral of a reservist soldier who died after collapsing during SAS selection training in the Brecon Beacons is taking place this afternoon at St James Church, Trowbridge.
Corporal James Dunsby, 31, who lived in Trowbridge, was one of three soldiers who died following the exercise last month.
Cpl Dunsby, of the Royal Yeomanry, based in Swindon, collapsed on July 13, during a 40 mile hike in high temperatures. He was initially treated at Prince Charles Hospital, in Merthyr Tydfil, before being moved to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, where he died on July 30.
His family, released a statement through the Ministry of Defence, describing him as having an infectious enthusiasm for life.
"He was the most loving and dependable husband, not to mention the most handsome of men of whom could not be more cherished," they 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. James adored the army and believed so passionately in his duty as a protector of Queen and country and of the realm."
Hundreds of people, including close friends and family, are expected to attend the funeral, which will be taken by the Rev Dr Rob Thomas, rector of St James Church, while there will be a 21-gun salute by members from the Royal Yeomanry.
Cpl Dunsby became friends with Prince Harry, in 2008, while the pair were serving together in Helmand Province, in Afghanistan.
They were part of a three-man crew of a Spartan armoured car with Cpl Dunsby being in control of the vehicle’s general purpose machine gun.
An investigation into the circumstances that lead to the deaths of the three men, who were part of the Brecon Beacons exercise, is underway.
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