Brit soldier dies suddenly after Army girlfriend found hanged at barracks as family pay tribute | The Sun

A SOLDIER has died just weeks after his Gunner girlfriend was found hanged at her military barracks.

Ross Burnside, aged in his 20s, was discovered in Rotherham, South Yorks, on July 19.

The tragedy came after girlfriend Sophie Madden, 23, was found at the Overhill Training Centre at St Martin's Plain Camp near Folkestone on June 10.

Bombardier Ross met Sophie when they both served together in 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery.

He was with the 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery at the time of his sudden death.

The unit said he “will leave a legacy among those he inspired”.

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Sophie's family also paid tribute, with one relative saying: "Rest easy Ross you will forever be missed by everyone.

“I know you and Soph will be looking after each other.”

An inquest held in June gave Sophie's cause of death as "suspension".

Kent Police said Sophie's death is not being treated as suspicious.

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The Ministry of Defence confirmed an investigation had been launched.

Campaign group Veterans Against Suicide have called Sophie and Ross' deaths "preventable" tragedies.

An Army spokesman said: “It is with sadness that we can confirm the death of Bombardier Ross Burnside.

“Our thoughts are with Bdr Burnside’s family and friends at this sad time.”

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