Two soldiers 'die by suicide within hours of each other'

Two soldiers ‘take their own lives within hours of each other’ at Salisbury Plain military bases

  • Gunner Jaysley-Louise Beck, 19, found in her room at Larkhill base by colleagues
  • Married L/Cpl Michael Joseph Miah, 28, was found dead in his garage at Bulford
  • Post-mortem examinations heard at inquests said both soldiers died by hanging 
  • Two soldiers are believed to have died by suicide within hours of each other at military bases on Salisbury Plain, it has emerged.

    The bodies of gunner Jaysley-Louise Beck, 19, and Lance Corporal Michael Joseph Miah, 28, were both found on December 15, at their respective bases in Wiltshire.

    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed it was investigating the deaths, while Wiltshire Police said there were not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.

    Both soldiers died from hanging, according to their post-mortem examinations, which were presented at two separate inquests at Salisbury last week.

    Both inquests have been adjourned, reported the Telegraph.  

    Gunner Beck, from 14 Regiment Recruitment Team, was found by her colleagues in her room at Larkhill.

    Meanwhile, L/Cpl Miah, from the Household Cavalry, who was married, was found dead in his garage at Bulford.

    The bodies of gunner Jaysley-Louise Beck, 19, and Lance Corporal Michael Joseph Miah (pictured), 28, were both found on December 15, at their respective bases in Wiltshire

    The bodies of gunner Jaysley-Louise Beck, 19, and Lance Corporal Michael Joseph Miah (pictured), 28, were both found on December 15, at their respective bases in Wiltshire

    The tragic deaths, just 10 days before Christmas, comes after at least five confirmed suicides at Salisbury Plain since 2018.

    In a Facebook post, the sister of L/Cpl Miah said her family was ‘shocked and deeply devastated.’

    She said her ‘beautiful baby brother’ was ‘full of energy, care and kindness.’

    She added: ‘However, sometimes the biggest smiles have the saddest hearts. I want to take this time to let everyone know that it’s okay to not be okay. It’s okay to struggle. It’s okay to be sad.

    The tragic deaths, just 10 days before Christmas, comes after at least five confirmed suicides at Salisbury Plain (pictured) since 2018

    The tragic deaths, just 10 days before Christmas, comes after at least five confirmed suicides at Salisbury Plain (pictured) since 2018

    ‘But, let someone know; a stranger, a family member, a helpline, anyone. If this message could save one person from feeling the pain in my heart, I would write a million messages.’

    A Ministry of Defence spokesman said it was with ‘great sadness’ that they confirmed the death of the soldiers.

    They said: ‘As there are ongoing investigations, it would be inappropriate to comment further, but any death is a tragedy and our sympathies remain with the families and friends of those affected,.

    ‘We are committed to the mental health and wellbeing of our Armed Forces. 

    ‘All personnel are supported by dedicated medical services, which include a 24-hour mental health helpline, resilience training before, during, and after deployments, and annual mandatory mental health training.’

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