Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Family’s fight for closure five years after Ben’s death in Kenya

PUBLISHED: 09:40 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:19 09 August 2017

Ben Ryalls

Ben Ryalls


It’s been five years since security worker Ben Ryalls, from Bucks Cross, died suddenly in Kenya, and his family are still searching for answers as to the cause of his death.

The family of a British security worker and ‘loveable rogue’ are still seeking closure five years after his death in Kenya.

Ben Ryalls was 34 when he collapsed and died at the port of Mombasa on July 24, 2012, as he was about to board a 10-week patrol shipping food relief.

At the time of his death, his family, from Bucks Cross, were told he had died of heart failure, but they still do not know what caused this.

A post-mortem was carried out in Kenya after Ben’s death, but the results of toxicology reports have not been released from the hospital in Mombasa.

Without these, an inquest cannot be concluded into the death of the former marine.

“Without these results, we are just left not knowing,” said Denise Ryalls, Ben’s mum.

“What it boils down to, is that our government and our country, which Ben fought for, is not doing enough to find out what happened to him.

“We just want answers.”

Ben left behind a daughter, Emily Anne, now seven, and his family want to know if the cause of his death was a hereditary condition.

They are also concerned it could have been related to a nerve-agent blocker which Ben took while serving in Iraq, or knee surgery he undertook before his trip.

At the time of his death, local reports said two people had been questioned by police, but the family don’t know if this was taken further, or if an investigation is ongoing.

Ben’s sister, Amy, posted on Facebook to appeal to reach ‘the eyes and ears of the right person’, and it has since been shared more than 570 times.

“We have been in contact with every authority we can think of for help but no-one has the answers we need,” she said.

Torridge and West Devon MP, Geoffrey Cox, told the Gazette: “I was deeply saddened when I was approached by the family of Ben Ryalls to look into the circumstances of his death in Mombasa, Kenya.

“I express my deepest sympathies to his family and will continue to offer assistance to them.”

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson confirmed it had provided consular support after the death of a British man.

He said: “We have regularly pressed the Kenyan authorities for documents relating to this case, and will continue to do so, on behalf of his family and HM Coroner.”

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 17:00

Residents at Hillington in Ilfracombe are dismayed at news permission has been granted for a 40 foot telecommunications installation near their homes

Read more
Yesterday, 16:26

Accident between two vehicles took place shortly after 2.30pm this afternoon (Tuesday) between Bucks Cross and Higher Clovelly

Read more
Yesterday, 16:12

The hospice has been Devon FA’s charity partner throughout the 2016/17 season

Read more
Yesterday, 15:42

Appeal for witnesses or CCTV footage following the theft of 88 bales of hay from Limekiln Lane at Ashford

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

A tercentenary celebration cruise onboard the Oldenburg to mark 300 years of English Freemasonry also raised £1,000 for North Devon Hospice

Read more
Yesterday, 12:24

Foodbanks in North Devon have run out of certain items of food, as demand peaks during the summer holidays for emergency food parcels.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:34

This year’s fair opening takes place on Wednesday, August 13.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

A planning application has been lodged to demolish a ‘beautiful’ manor house and turn it into holiday lodges - but villagers say the late owner never would have wanted this to happen. What do you think?

Read more
Yesterday, 09:00

A consultation on the North Devon Link Road has received over 500 responses - but it should be ‘fast-tracked’, says county councillor.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:19

Christopher Tonks was reported missing yesterday morning (Tuesday, August 15)

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications