SAS Brecon Beacons soldier funeral held in Trowbridge

The funeral service was held with full military honours

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The funeral of a Wiltshire soldier who collapsed during a military selection exercise in Wales has been held.

Cpl James Dunsby, from the Wiltshire Territorial Army, and two other reservists, died after SAS selection training in Powys.

The 31-year-old collapsed on 13 July during the training in the Brecon Beacons but died two weeks later.

The funeral service was held with full military honours at St James Church in Trowbridge.

'Scholar and gentleman'

Cpl Dunsby was a reserve soldier serving with the Royal Yeomanry, a cavalry regiment based in Swindon.

Cpl James Dunsby Cpl James Dunsby was an army reservist

He served with the regiment in Afghanistan, alongside Prince Harry.

Major Conn MacEvilly, who was Cpl Dunsby's officer at A Squadron, Royal Yeomanry, described him as a "first-rate soldier and a wonderful man".

He added: "We drew on JD's expert knowledge of the human geography of Afghanistan, and on his operational experience from deployment there, throughout the time when the Royal Yeomanry was preparing for deployment to that country on Operation Herrick 18.

"I have no doubt that his assistance to our training was of direct and significant benefit to those who have deployed and will have materially reduced the risk our currently deployed soldiers face."

Another colleague who served alongside Cpl Dunsby described him as "a scholar and a quintessential English gentleman".

'Zest for life'

The three men were on a 40-mile (64km) hike when temperatures reached 29.5C (85F).

The other two men were L/Cpl Craig Roberts, 24, from Penrhyn Bay, Conwy, and Edward Maher, 31.

Cpl Dunsby, who grew up in Tasmania, was employed with the Ministry of Defence in Bath and was an analyst in geography.

He was also a visiting fellow at Pembroke College, Oxford and a member of the Bradford-on-Avon rowing club.

John Boulton, who served with Cpl Dunsby in Afghanistan, said he injected "warmth, humour devilish wit and zest for life into any given situation".

"Of his many fine attributes, the greatest of them all was his bespoke style of eccentricity, 'the James factor!'

"Having touched so many and achieved so much, James leaves this place triumphant."

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