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Pembroke College tribute to soldier who died after SAS selection training
AN Oxford University college has paid tribute to a reservist soldier who died during SAS selection training in the Brecon Beacons.
Corporal James Dunsby, of the Royal Yeomanry, died in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, on July 30 following a trial for selection of the SAS reserves in which two other soldiers also died.
The reservist from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, was a visiting fellow at Pembroke College and the college has issued a statement saying: “The college was saddened to hear of the recent death of Corporal James Dunsby.
“Corporal Dunsby was a Visiting Research Fellow with the Changing Character of War Programme (CCW), which is based here at Pembroke College, during the spring and early summer of 2013.
“His academic interest was in "contingency" operations and during his time with CCW he prepared a chapter for a forthcoming book.
“Our sympathies are with his family and close colleagues at this painful time.”
Hundreds attended the funeral yesterday of Cpl Dunsby with his wife Bryher, at St James’ Church in Trowbridge.
His coffin was covered by a Union flag during the military service, which was attended by family, friends and fellow servicemen and taken by Rev Dr Rob Thomas, church rector.
Mrs Dunsby, of Trowbridge Wiltshire, said during the service: “I shall miss you more than words could ever convey. What a truly wonderful adventure we had together.
“You have enriched my life more than I could ever have imagined. I shall carry your strength and love for life with me wherever I wander and talk of you to all that I meet.”
The 31-year-old soldier collapsed on July 13 during a 40-mile hike in high temperatures.
Two colleagues, Lance Corporal Craig Roberts and Edward Maher, also died during the exercise.
In 2008, Cpl Dunsby became friends with Prince Harry 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 machine gun.
An investigation has been launched into the circumstances of the deaths of the three men, who were part of the Brecon Beacons exercise.
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