24/Jul/2014 - Last News Update: 06:59

Ski champ soldier died on celebratory Llanelli evening

Category: Wales

Published: 12th Apr 2011 20:38:20

A 24-year-old pedestrian killed after an incident with a taxi in Llanelli was a soldier home on a week's leave, says the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

L/Cpl Jonathan Gouldsmith, of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, from Haverfordwest, died after the incident on Sunday 3 April.

The "talented sportsman" was celebrating a services skiing championship win on the night he died.

Dyfed-Powys Police continue to appeal for witnesses to the fatal incident.

L/Cpl Gouldsmith died later at Morriston hospital in Swansea.

Police officers have said they have spoken to the taxi driver and want to speak to anyone else who may have seen the collision or seen two men walking along Trostre Road in Llanelli at around 4am that morning.

In a statement released on behalf of L/Cpl Gouldsmith's family, the MoD said one of those left grieving his death was his twin brother Christopher.

The statement read: "Jonathan was a former pupil at Mary Immaculate School and later Tasker Milward School, where he was a very popular sporting figure.

"In their younger days both Jonathan and Christopher were excellent cross country runners and this lead onto cross country skiing later in their army careers.

L/Cpl Gouldsmith was a rare character - not only a supremely fit and talented sportsman but also a keen tradesman and enthusiastic junior non-commissioned officer”

"Both met at a competition without realising the other was there in 2009 in France, and so the battle of REME against Royal Engineer was pretty fierce!

"Jonathan then went on to join the Great Britain Development team and had high hopes of an Olympic dream.

"He had been home for a week's leave after destroying all challenges in the REME Ski Biathlon Championships, where he won the overall trophy, hence the fated celebratory evening out.

"After his sad passing, his army superiors have since kindly renamed the trophy in his memory.

"His parents, brother, sisters and relatives are truly devastated with the loss of their bright, shining star - without him the world is a much darker place."

Lt Col Andrew Stuart, Commanding Officer of 4 Close Support Battalion, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, said: "L/Cpl Gouldsmith was a rare character - not only a supremely fit and talented sportsman but also a keen tradesman and enthusiastic junior non-commissioned officer.

"L/Cpl Gouldsmith made a significant impact during his service and his loss is felt keenly by his friends in 4 Close Support Battalion REME, his fellow recovery mechanics and those he met (and invariably beat) whilst skiing."

L/Cpl Gouldsmith's funeral will be held at St Davids Cathedral, St Davids, on Thursday.

BBC News External Link Show Citation

Latest News

Harvard Citation

BBC News, 2011. Ski champ soldier died on celebratory Llanelli evening [Online] (Updated 12th Apr 2011)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/145523/Ski-champ-soldier-died-on-celebratory-Llanelli-evening [Accessed 24th Jul 2014]

News In Other Categories

  • Glasgow 2014: Bradley Wiggins - At times I wish I hadn't won Tour

    Sir Bradley Wiggins says there have been times when he wishes he had never won the Tour de France and Olympic gold in 2012 that brought him national fame.
  • Social media reacts: Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony

    It had been seven years in the planning.
  • Council redundancy costs nearly double in a year

    Cash-strapped Welsh councils have spent nearly twice as much on making staff redundant as they did last year, BBC Wales has learned.
  • Wildlife film-makers reveal tricks of the trade

    New camera technology is allowing wildlife film-makers to get ever more stunning shots. But can we believe everything we see on natural history programmes? And why do hyenas keep eating the cameras?
  • India: School bus and train crash kills 14 children

    At least 14 children were killed along with their driver when a school bus was hit by a train in the Indian state of Telangana, police say.
  • Bristol Academy extends reach overseas with first foreign students

    With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com