A SOLDIER who worked as a personal assistant to three consecutive heads of the Army has been found dead in a suspected suicide pact.
Deborah McGuinness, 49, was discovered next to her husband Peter, in his 50s, near a Dorset beauty spot on Monday.
Police were called to Durlston Country Park near Swanage at 8am after the pair were found unresponsive in a car.
They are not treating the deaths as suspicious.
The couple, from Kingston, South West London, had been in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers for 22 years.
Deborah also served as a PA to Generals Sir David Richards, Sir Richard Dannatt and Sir Peter Wall.
Sir Richard called Debs a “model soldier” and said: “It is only some comfort that she and her husband were together.”
Their deaths bring the number of suspected veterans’ suicides to at least 49 this year, according to campaign groups.
“It’s absolutely devastating,” a friend said.
“No one is sure what happened or why.
“Debs had battled ill health in the past and there is a suggestion it had come back and Mac didn’t want to go on living without her.
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EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide
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It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
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