Inquest tributes paid to Gower soldier Robert Griffiths
A GLOWING tribute has been paid at the inquest of a young soldier found dead at the family home in Gower.
Robert Griffiths, 24, was discovered in his attic room by one of his three brothers on December 29 last year.
There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
The former Bishopston Comprehensive School pupil was a trooper in the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, known as the Welsh Cavalry.
Two weeks after his deployment to Afghanistan in October 2011 he and two comrades escaped unhurt when their tank was blown up by a roadside bomb.
The inquest heard that Mr Griffiths, a keen sportman, did not show evidence of post traumatic distress.
In November 2012 he failed a selection board for Sandhurst, and said he then planned to train as a commercial airline pilot after leaving the Army.
Captain Harry Pilcher, of The Queen's Dragoon Guards, spoke very highly of Mr Griffiths.
Recording a verdict of suicide, Swansea coroner Philip Rogers said: "This is a particularly sad case. Captain Harry Pilcher has paid a fine tribute to Robert Griffiths' qualities as a soldier.
"He was a much-loved young man with a promising future.
"He had served with distinction in the Army but unfortunately he seems to have become unhappy with Army life, possibly because of being rejected for officer training."