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Soldier's Family Told Training Death Due To 'Natural Causes'

The family of a soldier who died during an Army fitness test in Wales has reportedly been told it was due to natural causes. 26-year-old...

The family of a soldier who died during an Army fitness test in Wales has reportedly been told it was due to natural causes.
 
26-year-old Corporal Joshua Hoole, who was a member of the Rifles regiment at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick, which trains all the Army's infantrymen, collapsed after finishing an eight-mile (13km) course.
 
He had been training for the Platoon Sergeants' Battle Course in Brecon, on what had been the hottest day of the year, with temperatures peaking at above 30C (86F).
 
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But now his grandfather, John Craig, has told BBC Wales the family has been informed by officers of the conclusion it was natural causes.
 
Dyfed-Powys Police investigated the July death of Cpl Hoole, but have now referred the matter to the coroner.
 
John Craig described him as a "beautiful grandson" and a "super fit boy", while his aunt Morag Craig said he was "absolutely fantastic" and with a "heart of gold".
 
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The young soldier was due to get married and be the best man at his brother's wedding.
 
Commanding Officer of The Rifles, 1st infantry training battalion, Major Dean Murch, said at the time his colleagues were "utterly devastated", and his family had "lost a son, a brother, a fiancé and a very special friend".
 
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