The Military has been rocked by the sudden deaths of FOUR younger troopers within the final two months, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Three of those that died have been all members of the Royal Yorkshire Regiment, whereas a fourth was serving with the Queen’s Royal Hussars.
Two of the useless have been colleagues serving within the second battalion of the Royal Yorkshire Regiment, primarily based in Chester. Each troopers are believed to have taken their very own lives.
Non-public Kieran Heaney, 20, who had served on operations in Afghanistan as a young person, was discovered useless inside his barrack room on January 4.
Non-public Josateki Kautani Matasere, referred to as Teki, died from a suspected suicide
LCpl Simon Hosell, a member of the Queen’s Royal Hussars, died on December 29. The reason for demise is but to be decided
Pte Heaney, from Darlington, had joined the Military in 2019 and was the youngest soldier to participate within the 2021 evacuation of Afghan civilians who had labored for the British government.
His demise got here 19 days after his comrade Non-public Josateki Kautani Matasere, referred to as Teki, died from a suspected suicide whereas again visiting his residence island of Fiji.
The 29-year-old soldier was an impressive rugby league participant and a member of the Military staff and had lately attended the demanding sniper operator cadre’s course.
Each Heaney and Matasere had beforehand served collectively within the battalion’s Alma Firm however Ministry of Defence sources have insisted that there’s nothing to hyperlink to 2 deaths.
A supply from throughout the battalion, nonetheless, mentioned that members of the battalion have been shocked by the double tragedy.
Textual content messages seen by the Mail On Sunday state: ‘It is psychological what the Military can do to you. Insanity. That is two in two weeks. One thing must be mentioned.’
One other member of the regiment added: ‘How can the Military not see what is going on on.’
Lt Col Mike Wade-Smith, the commanding officer of two Yorks, described Pte Heaney as ‘courageous, resilient, disciplined, pleasant, enjoyable, and brave’.
Non-public Kieran Heaney, 20, who had served on operations in Afghanistan as a young person, was discovered useless inside his barrack room on January 4
Non-public Apisalome Rawaidranu, a 3rd member of the Royal Yorkshire Regiment serving with the first battalion died however from what have been described as ‘pure causes’
He added ‘Non-public Heaney had already demonstrated all these qualities within the operational and sporting arenas. Selfless in his service he will likely be missed by all members of the Battalion.’
The chairman of Military Rugby League, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Grover, described Pte Matasere as ‘an amazing expertise and presence on the rugby area’ .
He added: ‘In simply two seasons he noticed success with the Yorkshire Regiment, turned a champion with the Infantry, represented the Military and delivered scintillating and memorable performances.’
Non-public Apisalome Rawaidranu, a 3rd member of the Royal Yorkshire Regiment serving with the first battalion died however from what have been described as ‘pure causes.’
LCpl Simon Hosell, a member of the Queen’s Royal Hussars, died on December 29. The reason for demise is but to be decided.
Final evening members of his regiment praised LCpl Hosell describing him as an ‘excellent soldier’. One mentioned: ‘Cannot consider you are gone mate.
The impression you had on everybody you met was excellent. Filled with laughter, banter and happiness. Relaxation simple now your demons are gone.’
The MoD arrange a 24 hour hotline for troops affected by fight stress after a marketing campaign by the Mail on Sunday in 2018, prompted by a wave of suicides by serving troopers.
However Colonel Phil Ingram a former Military Intelligence officer, final evening mentioned extra must be accomplished.
He mentioned: ‘The issue of suicide within the armed forces is now changing into acute and there must be a radical investigation into why younger women and men a within the armed forces carry on taking their very own lives.
‘The navy are very fast to say suicide charges amongst serving personnel and veterans aren’t any greater than the nationwide common.
‘It’s and stays a shame that the MoD cherry picks statistics to keep away from wanting into points which are killing our service personnel and veterans.’
Former Military Warrant Officer Jim Wilde, who campaigns for veterans rights, added: ‘Since 2018, nearly 450 serving and former members of the armed forces have taken their very own lives.
‘In some other inhabitants group that might be considered a catastrophe nevertheless it appears to be nice to permit suicide to be a part of life within the armed forces.
‘Extra must be accomplished to stop younger servicemen and ladies from taking their very own lives
An Military Spokesperson mentioned: ‘The demise of any of our individuals is a tragedy that’s deeply felt throughout the Armed Forces neighborhood.
‘We recognise the profound impression that this has on households and pals and can at all times be certain that they’re absolutely supported by educated officers and their Regimental community.’
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