Soldier dies just weeks after his girlfriend was found hanged at Army barracks

A British soldier passed away less than a month after his army lover, who also worked at the Army barracks, was discovered hanging.

On June 10, Sophie Madden, a 23-year-old woman, was discovered dead at the Overhill Training Center at St Martin’s Plain Camp, close to Folkestone, England. On July 19, Ross Burnside, a man in his 20s, was found dead in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

The couple got together while serving in the 3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, according to a Mirror UK report, and at the time of his death, Burnside had transferred to the 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery.

Soldier dies just weeks after his girlfriend was found hanged at Army barracks

Reacting to the sad news, Army campaign group, Veterans Against Suicide, said the deaths were ‘preventable’ tragedies.


An inquest into Sophie’s death has been carried out. Her death is not being treated as suspicious, according to Kent Police.

Soldier dies just weeks after his girlfriend was found hanged at Army barracks

An Army spokesperson from the UK Ministry of Defence 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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