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Tributes to marine who died after Cornwall exercise

Tributes to marine who died after Cornwall exercise

Published by Emma Carton at 7:36am 31st January 2020. (Updated at 7:51am 31st January 2020)

The Royal Navy has paid heartfelt tributes to the marine recruit who died after an exercise in Cornwall.

Ethan Jones was rushed to hospital after the incident at Tregantle beach but, tragically, could not be saved.

The 20-year-old, who had reportedly gone under the water, had not long been awarded the Commando Medal.

Colleagues have described him as "exceptional" and a "best mate", while his family say Ethan died "fulfilling his dream".

ethan jones - royal marine recruit
The Royal Navy has paid touching tributes to the marine recruit who died after a training exercise on a Cornish beach. Photo: MoD


Ethan Jones joined the Royal Marines on 27th May 2019, to start 32 weeks of arduous military training.

He was identified as a "man of promise" early on in his training, before being selected as a Recruit Section Commander.

"Recruit Jones was an exceptional recruit who displayed all of the qualities of a Royal Marines Commando.  

"Incredibly enthusiastic, intelligent and driven, he always performed his duties to the highest standard.

"Ethan led by personal example on camp as well as in the field, he was identified early on in training as a man of promise - formally recognised as one of the few recruits in his Troop selected for additional responsibility as a Recruit Section Commander.

"As he approached the final weeks of training he was awarded the Commando Medal - nominated by his peers in a closed ballot as the individual who best personifies the Commando Spirit: Courage - to get out front and do what is right, Determination - to never give up, Unselfishness - to always put others first, and Cheerfulness in the face of adversity".

Royal Marines, Officer Commanding Portsmouth Company, Major Ian McGill

Tregantle Beach
The Royal Navy says 20-year-old Ethan Jones had been awarded the Commando Medal before the incident at Tregantle beach. Photo: Google Maps


Fellow recruits have also paid touching tributes to Ethan, describing him as a "best mate".

"It feels strange to write this of Ethan, almost as if he is looking down at us and laughing as we do it. 

"He was our best mate and we know he would not want this much fuss made of him. 

"Lucky for him it does not take more than a few words to describe Jonesy. 

"When he didn't have a pasty in his hand, he was getting the job done. No complaining, no fuss, just always sending it. 

"We will miss you Jonesy".

Fellow recruit and friend, Daniel Landrey

Tregantle Beach
20-year-old Ethan Jones has been described as an "exceptional" recruit and a "best mate". Photo: Google Maps


In a statement released through the Royal Navy, Ethan's family said he had died "fulfilling his dream".

"Ethan died fulfilling his dream and doing something he loved. 

"Joining the Royal Marines was something Ethan had wanted to do for as long as we can remember. 

"He wanted to join the best of the best and challenge himself.  

"Ethan loved the outdoor lifestyle and was looking forward to serving as a Marine on operations around the world.  

"We are very proud of all that he achieved".

Ethan's Family

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