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Service Inquiry published on Cpl Hoole’s death

13 November 2017

The Defence Safety Authority’s Service Inquiry report into the death of Corporal Joshua Hoole in Brecon in 2016 has been published today.

Cpl Hoole collapsed near the end of an Annual Fitness Test (AFT) conducted in Brecon on 19 July 2016. The AFT is part of mandatory annual training for Army personnel.

A statement has been made by Army Spokesperson Colonel Jim Taylor (HQ Field Army, Training branch):

“It is of absolutely no comfort whatsoever to us, or to Corporal Hoole’s family, that the Service Inquiry’s finding is that the Army did not cause the death of Corporal Hoole. On that fateful morning in Brecon on 19th July 2016, we lost a determined and experienced Infantry soldier as a result of an underlying medical condition, which even Corporal Hoole was unaware of.

Corporal Hoole knew what he was doing and why: the course he was on was preparing him for the Platoon Sergeants’ Battle Course. Both are arduous by design and an essential part of ensuring the British Army’s infantry soldiers are combat ready. Corporal Hoole had the courage, commitment and professionalism to step forward and take on the challenge; he knew what he was doing and why, and he was up for it.

The Army is not afraid to be held accountable for its actions, whether in training or on operations. Nobody wanted to know more than us what caused Corporal Hoole’s death and if there is anything we can change or do better to reduce the risk of something like this happening again. We have therefore co-operated fully with this Service Inquiry and welcome its recommendations today.”

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