A SOLDIER who was found dead in his room has been remembered for being a “kind hearted and loving” man who had an “unsurpassable sense of humour”.

Louis Kelly was found hanged in his bathroom at Swinton Barracks in Perham Down on Sunday, October 14. He was a sapper in the 26 engineer regiment of the Royal Engineers.

A statement from his family said: “Louis was a truly kind hearted and loving man. He had an unsurpassable sense of humour and used it to always help people feel better about themselves.

“With his warm smile and big hugs there is no doubt that Louis filled many people’s lives with goodness and love throughout the 20 years of his life.”

The statement added: “The world is a lesser place without Louis who went through life trying to fix other people’s worries and make the world seem better and brighter to all his friends and family.

“He will continue to live on in the hearts of all who loved him; never forgotten- always missed - loved forever.”

An inquest at Salisbury Coroner’s Court on Friday, February 22, heard the 20-year-old had had an on-again-off again relationship with his former fiancee Iesha Neal and the couple had broken off their engagement.

Prior to his death, the inquest heard Mr Kelly had been on a night out in Andover with friends where he had come across his former fiancé Ms Neal with someone else, which had caused him to become upset. There was an exchange between Mr Kelly and his former fiancé who told him to go away.

CCTV captured him returning to barracks at about 1.30am on Sunday, October 14.

The inquest heard that family and friends grew concerned about him after being unable to get in contact with him.

Lance Corporal Thomas Speed went to Louis’ room to check on him and found Mr Kelly in the bathroom. An ambulance was called but Louis was pronounced dead at the scene.

Coroner Ian Singleton said: “Louis had been out for the previous evening with friends in Andover on October 13, 2018 where he had become upset at seeing his former fiancée out with someone else. Although during the course of the evening Louis’ mood had been prone to sudden change there was nothing to indicate he had any intention to harm himself.”

Mr Singleton added: “There was nothing in Louis’ medical notes to indicate that he had ever been referred to or sought help from the mental health team. He was described as being someone who was bright and bubbly but whose mood could change suddenly.”

He said Louis’ actions showed his “intention” to take his own life and caused the injuries that led to his death. Mr Singleton gave the cause of death as hanging and a conclusion of suicide.