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Tuesday, 11 June, 2002, 12:07 GMT 13:07 UK
Dead soldiers families' inquiry call
Guard post
Two of the privates had been on guard duty
The parents for four soldiers found dead at an army base in Surrey are to press the home secretary for an inquiry in to their deaths.

The four died from gunshot wounds at the Royal Logistics Corps HQ in Deepcut over the past seven years.

The Army claims the deaths were all suicides, but Surrey Police is reinvestigating.

The families of the dead soldiers believe they may have been the victims of the same killer.

Pte Gray
Private Gray had two gunshot wounds
Private James Collinson, 17, from Perth, Scotland, was found in March this year with a gunshot wound to his head.

Last September Geoff Gray from Seaham, County Durham, was found shot dead on guard duty at the Princess Royal Barracks.

Private Cheryl James, 18, from Llangollen, north Wales, was found in 1995 lying in woodland outside the base with a single bullet hole in her head.

An inquest into her death recorded an open verdict.

In the same year 20-year-old Sean Benton from Hastings, Sussex, was found dead with five gunshot wounds, an inquest recorded a verdict of suicide.

Yvonne Collinson, mother of Private James Collinson, said: "The Army have insinuated that it was suicide.

Private Collinson
Private Collinson had been in an upbeat mood
"They've told us that our son was found dead alone on patrol - which he shouldn't have been - with a gun by his side.

"They very much had the attitude of 'that's all we can tell you' with a shrug of the shoulders.

"I'm not prepared to accept that.

"We've had funerals but it's not brought an end to the suffering because we still have so many questions to be answered so we can pick up the pieces of our lives and somehow come to terms with it."

Geoff Gray, father of Private Gray, said: "When the Army came to my door their first words were 'Your son's committed suicide'.

"It wasn't until six months later that we discovered he had been shot twice in the head.

You can't shoot yourself twice in the head.

"What we're calling for now is a public inquiry into the four deaths a Deepcut.

One soldier was shot five times and it was still said to be suicide."

The families are to meet Home Secretary David Blunkett at the House of Commons on Monday to call for a full public inquiry.

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BBC Wales's David Cornock
"A family video shows Cheryl James at a passing out parade. Five months later she was dead"
Father of Private Gray Geoff Gray
"My son had been shot twice in the head, you can't shoot yourself twice in the head"
Kevin McNamara MP
"One recruit had five gunshot wounds to his chest"

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