Promising Gower soldier discovered dead by his brother at home
A GOWER soldier with a promising future was found dead by one his brothers at the family home, an inquest heard.
Trooper Robert Griffiths, of the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards - known as the Welsh Cavalry - was discovered in his attic room on December 29 last year.
There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the 24-year-old's death, yesterday's inquest heard.
The Bishopston soldier was given a glowing tribute by Captain Harry Pilcher, of The Queen's Dragoon Guards.
Mr Griffiths and two colleagues had escaped unhurt when their tank was blown up by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in the autumn of 2011.
Recording a verdict of suicide, Swansea coroner Philip Rogers said: "This was a particularly sad case. Captain Harry Pilcher, from The Queen's Dragoon Guards, paid a fine tribute to Robert Griffiths's 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 life in the Army, possibly because of being rejected for officer training.
"He had indicated an intention to leave the Army at the end of his five years but was hoping to train as a commercial pilot.
"For reasons we will never understand, on December 29, 2012, he decided to end his life.
"It is clear he had researched methods of killing himself before his death. He does not appear to have been under the influence of drugs or a particularly large amount of alcohol at the time.
"Nothing has been found after his death which explains his actions."
Mr Griffiths was the oldest of four brothers and attended Bishopston primary and comprehensive schools.
The keen sportsman developed a desire to become a professional soldier while a member of the Army cadets.
After one term studying mechanical engineering at Birmingham University in 2006 he joined the Army and two years later joined the Parachute Regiment. He then transferred to The Queen's Dragoon Guards, where he was designated best recruit in his intake.
The inquest heard that Mr Griffiths did not show evidence of post traumatic distress following the tank explosion - part of a seven-month tour of Helmand Province.
He had a car crash in Gower in July last year, but was soon back with his regiment. In November he attended a selection board for Sandhurst.
"He was not successful and this disappointed him," said detective constable Nick Davies, of South Wales Police.
He was last seen at around 1am on December 29 by his brother Tom.