A WALES international hockey player and Ascot teacher died at school last week.

On May 2 Dafydd Bury was found dead at LVS Ascot, where he worked as a philosophy and religion teacher and assistant house master for Guinness House.

The 26 year-old had a glittering career on the sports field and picked up a bronze medal at the 2009 European Hockey Championship with Wales.

Mr Bury, who had a masters degree in a health related subject, was also a prodigious iron man athlete, completing the 2014 Zurich race in 11 hours and 48 minutes.

Christine Cunniffe, Principal of LVS Ascot, said: “Dafydd was a respected teacher here and a popular tutor within the boarding house community.

“He made a valuable contribution to our students’ learning and development and will be missed.”

The former Torquay Boys’ Grammar School student studied at Exeter University where he played hockey, having previously scored the winning goal for Wales in an U18 international against Scotland in the Four Nations.

The success came after Mr Bury lost three family members to cancer in just six months.

His grandma Winnie Burnell said at the time: “I am very proud of him. He is a lovely boy, and he has been through so much recently - losing his mum and both grandfathers to different sorts of cancer.

"But he applied himself to hockey and he was so focused on the field.”

An inquest into Mr Bury’s death was opened by Berkshire Coroner’s Office on May 4.