Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Second Territorial Army soldier who died on SAS selection exercise in sweltering heat is named by the Ministry of Defence

The second of two reservists who died during a selection exercise in the Brecon Beacons for the Territorial Army's SAS section has been named as Edward Maher. Mr Maher died alongside Lance Corporal Craig Roberts after they collapsed in soaring temperatures while scaling south Wales's highest mountain Pen Y Fan on July 13. Naming Mr Maher, whose identity had not been known until now, a Ministry of Defence spokesman said: 'Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. 'Investigations are being carried out by Powys police and the army. We cannot comment any further until these investigations are complete.' In a brief statement released through the MoD, Mr Maher's family said: 'At this time of great sadness, Edward’s family has asked that they be left alone to grieve in private.' Inquests of both reservists are due to be opened and adjourned this afternoon by Powys coroner Louise Hunt. Although the full facts of the case will not be heard, the hearing will see the issuing of interim death certificates - allowing the bereaved families to begin funeral preparations. It is also anticipated that a brief medical cause of death will be read into the public record for both cases.Read More HERE  R.I.P.