A FORMER Royal Marine suffering with PTSD was found dead at his home, an inquest heard.

At the opening of his inquest in Ruthin, the senior coroner for North Wales East and central John Gittins said that Corporal Ashley Nickless, 31, was found dead at his home address wearing his military uniform in Pentrgwyddel Road, Old Colwyn, on November 22 following an “apparent act of self-harm”.

A post-mortem examination was carried out and found a provisional cause of death as asphyxia due to suspension.

A full inquest is due to take place in the spring of 2020.

A JustGiving page, in memory of Corporal Nickless to give him 'the very best send off he deserves', has raised an incredible £20,541.

A post on the page states: "As you can imagine it is a heart-breaking time for all.

"I have been informed that [his family] would like a Bootneck contingent at his funeral.

"Unfortunately Ash's family are not in a position to financially facilitate, so let's do right by Ash and get the money together to give him the very best send off he deserves.

"Please share this around to make sure that everyone who knows Ash is informed."

Corporal Nickless was a father to Harry and was married to Katie.

He was the son of Melvin and Amanda (Mandy), step-son of Claire, brother to Amy and Thomas and a step-brother to Leoni and Kylie.

Ross Kemp was among those who paid tribute to corporal Nickless.

Posting on Twitter, the actor, author and investigative journalist wrote: I was so sad to hear of the death of Ashley Nickless.

"I had the honour of meeting Ash in Afghanistan, he was a fine Royal Marine and a fine man. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

"More needs to done to help ex-service people with mental health issues, particularly those with PTSD.

"We cannot underestimate the help that is needed. If you are suffering or if someone you know is suffering please reach out to charities like @CombatStress who are doing brilliant work."


There will be a service at St John's Church, Old Colwyn, on Friday December 13 at 12.45pm. This will be followed by private committal at Colwyn Bay Crematorium.

Family flowers only. Donations - if desired - will be gratefully received towards the Royal Marines Association.

Visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/martin-stronach-1