Soldier killed on the A35 as he walked back to base at Bovington named as Matthew Cottrell

Bournemouth Echo: SET TO WED: Matthew Cottrell and fiancee Debbie Smith SET TO WED: Matthew Cottrell and fiancee Debbie Smith

A SOLDIER killed in a late night tragedy at a Dorset accident blackspot has been named as 24-year-old Matthew Cottrell.

The Sapper in the Royal Engineers died in the early hours of Saturday morning after a collision with a single-decker coach on an unlit stretch of the A35.

Sapper Cottrell, who was training at Bovington, leaves a fiancee, Debbie Smith, and a distraught family back home in Southport, Merseyside.

He was preparing to marry sweetheart Debbie Smith while training at Bovington.

Police investigating the accident, which happened between Poole and Bere Regis, said Sapper Cottrell had got out of a taxi halfway home because he did not have enough cash.

News of Sapper Cottrell’s death is thought to have filtered through to Ms Smith while she was holidaying abroad At the family home in Southport, his parents Julie and Steve, and brothers Paul and Luke, were said by neighbours to be “absolutely devastated”.

One neighbour described Sapper Cottrell, who learned a trade as a mechanic before joining the Army as “one of the nicest people you could wish to know”.

Army pal Kristopher Knight told on Facebook how he and colleagues raced to the scene of the collision after news broke.

He said: “There was nothing we could do, we tried to get you round but you were already gone.

“We never stopped and I’ll make sure you get a proper goodbye.

“Our thoughts are with your family and you will never be forgotten. Take it easy, buddy.”

Sapper Cottrell died on a “notorious” narrow stretch of the A35 road, near the Bloxworth turning. It is believed he was walking or running when he was in collision with an Excelsior coach, which was approaching from behind.

Sergeant Dave Stroud from Dorset Police described the accident as a “tragic”.

Spr Cottrell suffered serious head injuries and died at thescene.

The coach driver, a 55-year-old man from Bournemouth, was treated for shock.

There were no passengers on the coach at the time.

An inquest into the death of Sapper Cottrell was opened and adjourned at Bournemouth coroner’s court yesterday afternoon.

A spokesman said: “The cause of death has been given as unascertained waiting toxicology results.”

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10:01am Tue 26 Jun 12

wallydown says...

Reading between the lines it just gets worse - dont really want to think about the truth of the matter .sounds like his mates delibrately left him to make his way home ,stag do sort of prank . Oh dear
Reading between the lines it just gets worse - dont really want to think about the truth of the matter .sounds like his mates delibrately left him to make his way home ,stag do sort of prank . Oh dear wallydown
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10:21am Tue 26 Jun 12

elhannen says...

Terribly terribly sad news.
Terribly terribly sad news. elhannen
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10:31am Tue 26 Jun 12

tossa de mar says...

elhannen wrote:
Terribly terribly sad news.
could not the taxi driver taken this lad the extra few miles to his camp ?
[quote][p][bold]elhannen[/bold] wrote: Terribly terribly sad news.[/p][/quote]could not the taxi driver taken this lad the extra few miles to his camp ? tossa de mar
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10:48am Tue 26 Jun 12

wallydown says...

tossa de mar wrote:
elhannen wrote:
Terribly terribly sad news.
could not the taxi driver taken this lad the extra few miles to his camp ?
Yes he could have but he didnt ,its all been discussed in the earlier thread ,check it out.
[quote][p][bold]tossa de mar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elhannen[/bold] wrote: Terribly terribly sad news.[/p][/quote]could not the taxi driver taken this lad the extra few miles to his camp ?[/p][/quote]Yes he could have but he didnt ,its all been discussed in the earlier thread ,check it out. wallydown
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10:55am Tue 26 Jun 12

hammer says...

Everybody is responsible for their own actions regardless of what they do for a living! I feel sorry for the family having to come to terms with what happened!
Everybody is responsible for their own actions regardless of what they do for a living! I feel sorry for the family having to come to terms with what happened! hammer
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11:04am Tue 26 Jun 12

Say-it-how-it-is says...

Can people stop blaming the taxi driver here. It's no ones fault so stop blaming them.
Can people stop blaming the taxi driver here. It's no ones fault so stop blaming them. Say-it-how-it-is
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11:45am Tue 26 Jun 12

wallydown says...

Say-it-how-it-is wrote:
Can people stop blaming the taxi driver here. It's no ones fault so stop blaming them.
No-one has blamed the taxi driver , where did you read otherwise? Obviously people ask questions thats how things hopefully improve in the future
[quote][p][bold]Say-it-how-it-is[/bold] wrote: Can people stop blaming the taxi driver here. It's no ones fault so stop blaming them.[/p][/quote]No-one has blamed the taxi driver , where did you read otherwise? Obviously people ask questions thats how things hopefully improve in the future wallydown
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12:27pm Tue 26 Jun 12

Say-it-how-it-is says...

wallydown wrote:
Say-it-how-it-is wrote:
Can people stop blaming the taxi driver here. It's no ones fault so stop blaming them.
No-one has blamed the taxi driver , where did you read otherwise? Obviously people ask questions thats how things hopefully improve in the future
On the other story's about this. Some people was being a bit nasty in some place's about it. You just can't blame them, it's not fair on them. He or she wasn't to know the young man was going to be killed. It's just a sad thing to happen. I feel for his family.
[quote][p][bold]wallydown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Say-it-how-it-is[/bold] wrote: Can people stop blaming the taxi driver here. It's no ones fault so stop blaming them.[/p][/quote]No-one has blamed the taxi driver , where did you read otherwise? Obviously people ask questions thats how things hopefully improve in the future[/p][/quote]On the other story's about this. Some people was being a bit nasty in some place's about it. You just can't blame them, it's not fair on them. He or she wasn't to know the young man was going to be killed. It's just a sad thing to happen. I feel for his family. Say-it-how-it-is
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12:45pm Tue 26 Jun 12

Capricorn 1 says...

A sad, sad story.

I just feel for all those affected by this.
A sad, sad story. I just feel for all those affected by this. Capricorn 1
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1:45pm Tue 26 Jun 12

djd says...

A really sad story with a tragic ending.
Why do people have to speculate, have they no respect for those left behind ?
A really sad story with a tragic ending. Why do people have to speculate, have they no respect for those left behind ? djd
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3:45pm Tue 26 Jun 12

it'sthatmanagain says...

I feel also for the coach driver - it's a night he'll never forget also. A terrible tragedy for all.
I feel also for the coach driver - it's a night he'll never forget also. A terrible tragedy for all. it'sthatmanagain
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5:42pm Tue 26 Jun 12

The Cerne Giant says...

Surely this was purely and accident of fate for what ever reasons, with tragic consequences - how very, very sad
Surely this was purely and accident of fate for what ever reasons, with tragic consequences - how very, very sad The Cerne Giant
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6:23pm Tue 26 Jun 12

my own opinion says...

It is not definate he even got a taxi and if he did was it a Bournemouth or Poole cab did he book it (recorded) or take it of the rank (no records). We may never know why a possibly drunk person was walking on a unlit road. Its a shame someone died but I dont think its the coach drivers fault though he may think so for the rest of his life. If however a taxi is involved it proves the security and records of booking it rather than some Tom, Dick or Harry driver off the rank.
It is not definate he even got a taxi and if he did was it a Bournemouth or Poole cab did he book it (recorded) or take it of the rank (no records). We may never know why a possibly drunk person was walking on a unlit road. Its a shame someone died but I dont think its the coach drivers fault though he may think so for the rest of his life. If however a taxi is involved it proves the security and records of booking it rather than some Tom, Dick or Harry driver off the rank. my own opinion
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7:10pm Tue 26 Jun 12

wallydown says...

my own opinion wrote:
It is not definate he even got a taxi and if he did was it a Bournemouth or Poole cab did he book it (recorded) or take it of the rank (no records). We may never know why a possibly drunk person was walking on a unlit road. Its a shame someone died but I dont think its the coach drivers fault though he may think so for the rest of his life. If however a taxi is involved it proves the security and records of booking it rather than some Tom, Dick or Harry driver off the rank.
There is no relevance in your comment whatsoever .if he got in a taxi and it dropped him where he ran out of money thats the end of the matter .clearly you havent read either the articles or the threads on this matter, i suggest you go back to sleep
[quote][p][bold]my own opinion[/bold] wrote: It is not definate he even got a taxi and if he did was it a Bournemouth or Poole cab did he book it (recorded) or take it of the rank (no records). We may never know why a possibly drunk person was walking on a unlit road. Its a shame someone died but I dont think its the coach drivers fault though he may think so for the rest of his life. If however a taxi is involved it proves the security and records of booking it rather than some Tom, Dick or Harry driver off the rank.[/p][/quote]There is no relevance in your comment whatsoever .if he got in a taxi and it dropped him where he ran out of money thats the end of the matter .clearly you havent read either the articles or the threads on this matter, i suggest you go back to sleep wallydown
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8:04pm Tue 26 Jun 12

ImaxDeveloper says...

wallydown wrote:
Reading between the lines it just gets worse - dont really want to think about the truth of the matter .sounds like his mates delibrately left him to make his way home ,stag do sort of prank . Oh dear
dear oh dear wally, how on earth have you deduced that his mates stitched up? PLEASE think of the fella's friends and family that might be reading this and dont be so quick to spout your posinous opinion.
[quote][p][bold]wallydown[/bold] wrote: Reading between the lines it just gets worse - dont really want to think about the truth of the matter .sounds like his mates delibrately left him to make his way home ,stag do sort of prank . Oh dear[/p][/quote]dear oh dear wally, how on earth have you deduced that his mates stitched up? PLEASE think of the fella's friends and family that might be reading this and dont be so quick to spout your posinous opinion. ImaxDeveloper
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8:32pm Tue 26 Jun 12

wallydown says...

ImaxDeveloper wrote:
wallydown wrote:
Reading between the lines it just gets worse - dont really want to think about the truth of the matter .sounds like his mates delibrately left him to make his way home ,stag do sort of prank . Oh dear
dear oh dear wally, how on earth have you deduced that his mates stitched up? PLEASE think of the fella's friends and family that might be reading this and dont be so quick to spout your posinous opinion.
I said it sounds like, theres nothing wrong with that ,its the sort of things people do ,ive seen guys cling filmed naked to lamposts .its a bit of fun ,just as this may well have been ,his own mate said he'd regretted driving past him and clearly when he didnt apppear they went back .whats hard to understand, Its not a 'blame' its an observation
you are yet another one who simply doesnt read the post .you grab a couple of words and
misinterpret it.
[quote][p][bold]ImaxDeveloper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wallydown[/bold] wrote: Reading between the lines it just gets worse - dont really want to think about the truth of the matter .sounds like his mates delibrately left him to make his way home ,stag do sort of prank . Oh dear[/p][/quote]dear oh dear wally, how on earth have you deduced that his mates stitched up? PLEASE think of the fella's friends and family that might be reading this and dont be so quick to spout your posinous opinion.[/p][/quote]I said it sounds like, theres nothing wrong with that ,its the sort of things people do ,ive seen guys cling filmed naked to lamposts .its a bit of fun ,just as this may well have been ,his own mate said he'd regretted driving past him and clearly when he didnt apppear they went back .whats hard to understand, Its not a 'blame' its an observation you are yet another one who simply doesnt read the post .you grab a couple of words and misinterpret it. wallydown
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8:35pm Tue 26 Jun 12

O'Reilly says...

Poor lad.
Poor lad. O'Reilly
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11:34pm Tue 26 Jun 12

Cheeks22 says...

Toxicology reports???

Why do you people feel the need to b**** constantly about people you don't even know and by the absolute tosh you read in the media? Come on now... We all know the echo isn't the most reliable source, I've read many comments from some of you stating this yourselves, but you are all quick enough to make your assumptions about people.

Grow up and think about the fact his friends, family and people involved in the accident are going to be reading your comments and think of the extra hurt you are causing with your accusations!
Sounds like his mates played a prank just because it was his stag night? Get a grip and have a bit of respect for goodness sake!

My thoughts are with his family and friends and all those involved.
Toxicology reports??? Why do you people feel the need to b**** constantly about people you don't even know and by the absolute tosh you read in the media? Come on now... We all know the echo isn't the most reliable source, I've read many comments from some of you stating this yourselves, but you are all quick enough to make your assumptions about people. Grow up and think about the fact his friends, family and people involved in the accident are going to be reading your comments and think of the extra hurt you are causing with your accusations! Sounds like his mates played a prank just because it was his stag night? Get a grip and have a bit of respect for goodness sake! My thoughts are with his family and friends and all those involved. Cheeks22
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12:17am Wed 27 Jun 12

DansAFCB says...

RIP SOLDIER!!!!!!!!! Thoughts are with everyone concerned! X
RIP SOLDIER!!!!!!!!! Thoughts are with everyone concerned! X DansAFCB
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7:24am Wed 27 Jun 12

rudestickers says...

wallydown wrote:
Reading between the lines it just gets worse - dont really want to think about the truth of the matter .sounds like his mates delibrately left him to make his way home ,stag do sort of prank . Oh dear
Where does it say anything about his mates being involved? Don't read between the lines!
[quote][p][bold]wallydown[/bold] wrote: Reading between the lines it just gets worse - dont really want to think about the truth of the matter .sounds like his mates delibrately left him to make his way home ,stag do sort of prank . Oh dear[/p][/quote]Where does it say anything about his mates being involved? Don't read between the lines! rudestickers
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8:49am Wed 27 Jun 12

sue263 says...

His mates did not play a prank, there were about 6 of them together going back to base. The papers haven't ever said he was on his own, just didn't mention the other lads. They will have to live with the events of that night for the rest of their lives. They tried to help him and couldn't, it's a tragedy for all involved.
His mates did not play a prank, there were about 6 of them together going back to base. The papers haven't ever said he was on his own, just didn't mention the other lads. They will have to live with the events of that night for the rest of their lives. They tried to help him and couldn't, it's a tragedy for all involved. sue263
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7:35pm Wed 27 Jun 12

ImaxDeveloper says...

Wallydown "sounds like his mates delibrately left him to make his way home " how is that an observation? you observed this how? you want to be careful slandering people like that, especially a bunch of soldiers.
Wallydown "sounds like his mates delibrately left him to make his way home " how is that an observation? you observed this how? you want to be careful slandering people like that, especially a bunch of soldiers. ImaxDeveloper
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8:17am Sat 30 Jun 12

Besty88 says...

For god sake people get some bloody prospective people!! What ever the circumstances this young solider died!!

RIP Matthew
For god sake people get some bloody prospective people!! What ever the circumstances this young solider died!! RIP Matthew Besty88
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