Thompsons Solicitors is calling on the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to review current military training exercises following the death of a soldier in the Brecon Beacons, south Wales.

26-year-old Cpl Joshua Hoole, who served in the Rifles regiment at ITC Catterick, died on Tuesday (19 July) during a pre-course training exercise for the Platoon Sergeants' Battle Course.

Dyfed-Powys Police is currently investigating the cause of his death.
This is not the first time army personnel have been seriously injured or died as a result of military training exercises.

In 2013, three soldiers died following an SAS training exercise in the Brecon Beacons, which took place on one of the hottest days of the year. L/Cpls Edward Maher and Craig Roberts died after suffering heatstroke and Cpl James Dunsby died from multiple organ failure in Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, two weeks after the exercise.

According to a report by the House of Commons Defence Committee, between 1 January 2000 and 20 February 2016, 135 Armed Forces personnel died during training and exercise.

David Robinson, military claims specialist at Thompsons Solicitors, said: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of Joshua Hoole’s death and our thoughts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.

“There is a perception that those in the forces need to be able to endure difficult terrains and harsh exercises to succeed in the military which, to an extent, is true. But this doesn’t mean that the MoD can neglect its duty of care to ensure the safety of its military personnel.

“The figures in the Defence Committee report speak for themselves - that there is not enough precaution taken to tackle the number of unnecessary deaths during training exercises.

“The MoD must now take swift action and review current training protocol to ensure more is done to prevent the fatalities during training and exercises.”