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  • Christina Drummond

Corporal Michael Boddy, 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1972, Corporal Michael Boddy, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, was killed in Northern Ireland. At nine o’clock in the evening he had been on a routine patrol in the Lower Falls area of Belfast when he was hit by a single shot fired by a sniper in Excise Street; he was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital but died on the operating table two hours later. There had been widespread violence in different parts of Belfast that day with both republicans and loyalists taking part; three car bombs went off, one soldier losing a leg while another lost both. Corporal Boddy had joined the army at the age of 15, and had served once before in Northern Ireland. A memorial honouring both Corporal Boddy and and Lance Bombardier Stephen Restorick (killed in 1997 in Bessbrook) was erected in their home town - friends, family, the public and the army raised the cash needed for the memorial which is made up of rocks from Newry and the Mourne moutains in Northern Ireland. Michael, from Peterborough, was 24 years old and married.

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