MOD chiefs are investigating the mysterious death of a British soldier at an army base in Iraq. 

Captain Dean Sprouting's death wasn't the result of enemy action, but it is being investigated, officials revealed today (Fri). 

The father-of-two from Denny, near Falkirk, was serving with the Adjutant General's Corps at the air base when he was killed on January 31. 

The Ministry of Defence confirmed that the Royal Military Police were looking into his death. 

In a statement, a spokesman for the MOD said: "It is with regret that the MOD must announce the death of Captain Dean Sprouting of the Adjutant General's Corps at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, on 31st January 2018. 

"He was serving with Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland

"The incident is currently under investigation, but we can confirm that it was not the result of enemy activity." 

Lt Col Rob Hedderwick, Commanding Officer, The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said: 

"It is hard to do justice to a man such as Dean Sprouting with simple words.

"In no time at all he had become an indispensable part of the battalion, not only for his professional expertise but also for his compassionate manner and camaraderie. 

"His intelligence and sharp wit was apparent from the outset; there was an ever-present twinkle in his eye and he would gladly admit that his youth had been full of adventure. 

"Dean was simply one of those people whose infectious humour and enthusiasm drew others to him. 

"His professional knowledge was second to none and his sage advice already something I had come to rely on. 

"His loss is keenly felt by us all and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children whom I know he cherished more than anything else in this world. 

"I am hugely proud and thankful to have known him. He was a very good man." 

Warrant Officer Class One Tam Millsip, Visiting Warrant Officer, 51 Infantry Brigade added: 

"Dean's warm, personable nature was never diluted while conducting his duties and those who he had dealings with were always left smiling after Dean imparted his unique wisdom and outlook on life. 

"Dean was a tremendously entertaining man to be around. 

"He would bring a great deal of joy and laughter to those around him often at the expense of himself; there was never a boring day spent with Dean and my thoughts go out to his family at this very sad time." 

Minister for the Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, said: "It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence confirms the death of Capt Dean Sprouting of the Adjutant General's Corps, who died earlier this week at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq. 

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time. 

"An investigation is underway to establish the detail but it is not a result of enemy activity."