Memorial unveiled to former soldier who took his own life

Western Telegraph: "A PROMISING YOUNG SOLDIER": Lee Bonsall changed dramatically after a tour of Afghanistan. PICTURE: Contributed  (3788473) "A PROMISING YOUNG SOLDIER": Lee Bonsall changed dramatically after a tour of Afghanistan. PICTURE: Contributed (3788473)

A new memorial has been unveiled to former soldier Lee Bonsall, who took his own life in Tenby two years ago.

Lee, aged 24, was found hanged at his home in the town where he lived with his wife Serena, originally from Manorbier.

The family of the ex-Royal Logistics Corps private believed that he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after a close friend and colleague was killed while they were on a tour in Afghanistan.

Lee was originally from Warsop, Nottinghamshire, where a memorial stone has now been placed in a rose garden at the Heroes Memorial in Mansfield.

At the ceremony, doves were released into the air and a song called The Glass - written by Lee’s dad and older brother - was sung.

The inquest into Lee’s death took place in Pembrokeshire last January, where coroner Mark Layton said there had been a clear link between his military service and his mental health problems.

A Lee Bonsall Memorial Fund has been set up to raise money for charities which help ex-service personnel with post-traumatic stress.

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