Soldier is named after barracks tragedy

James Strang
James Strang
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A SOLDIER who was found dead at an army barracks has been named by police.

Bombardier James Hamilton Strang, 28, was found dead in a car at the army barracks on Thorney Island, near Emsworth.

He was a serving member of 12th Regiment Royal Artillery, known as The Lancashire and Cumbrian Gunners.

As reported previously, Sussex Police were called to the barracks at around 8pm last Wednesday after a man’s body was found in a car within the base itself.

The incident is not being treated as suspicious, and no-one else is believed to have been involved.

The circumstances leading up to the death are unclear, and police will now investigate the death on behalf of West Sussex coroner Penelope Schofield.

An inquest into his death had been opened and adjourned.

Flags were flying at half mast at the barracks last week following the incident.

It is understood the soldier was originally from the Preston area of Lancashire.

An army spokesman said it was with ‘great sadness’ that a soldier had been found dead and that next of kin had been informed.

He said there was no further comment at this stage.

12th Regiment Royal Artillery has been based at Baker Barracks on Thorney Island since 2008 when it returned to Britain from Germany. Soldiers from the barracks hold a parade in Emsworth every St George’s Day.