HC Deb 20 July 1955 vol 544 c45W
71. Mr. D. Howell

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he has now investigated the circumstances surrounding the death of Marine Duncan Rhyce-Rees on a forced march over Dartmoor on 1st June; and if he will make a statement.

Commander Noble

Full particulars of this sad fatality have been sent to the hon. Member. The verdict at the inquest was that Marine Rhyce-Rees died of an acute virus infection. His condition could not have been diagnosed beforehand. The coroner found that there was no neglect on the part of anyone connected with the Commando test during which this young man collapsed, but my right hon. Friend has taken steps to see whether even stricter precautions can be observed during these tests.