• Christina Drummond

Major Bernard Calladene, Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1972, Major Bernard Calladene, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, died in Northern Ireland.

He was fatally injured when a bomb exploded in Wellington Street in Belfast, just opposite the City Hall; he died in the Royal Victoria Hospital two hours later. Earlier that day he had saved the Belfast Magistrate's Court from being blown up by a 150 lb bomb which had been parked outside in a lorry.

At his funeral in York, the army chaplain said: "People will rightly wonder - even marvel - that bravery of the sort that is before us can really be, whereby a man seems so willingly and unceremoniously to walk literally in the valley of the shadow of death, doing simply what his job and duty requires of him. Instant spontaneous acts of bravery must surely be one thing but this conscious, calculated rendezvous with the unknown must, somehow, be another."

He was the most senior officer of the bomb squad to be killed in Northern Ireland. Bernard, from Strensall in Yorkshire, was 39 years old and married with three children.

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