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Sergeant Graham Alfred George Cox, 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards, attached to 1 Troop, Parachute Sq

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1971, Sergeant Graham Alfred “George” Cox, 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards, attached to 1 Troop, Parachute Squadron, Royal Armoured Corps, died in Northern Ireland from wounds received two days earlier. He had been on patrol in a Ferret armoured scout car on the Oldpark Road in Belfast when he was hit in the head by a sniper’s bullet which had penetrated the armour of the turret. He was taken to hospital but succumbed to his injuries two days before his wedding anniversary, with his wife by his bedside. Sergeant Cox had joined the newly-formed Boys’ Squadron, Royal Armoured Corps in 1952, and on completion of training he transferred to the King’s Dragoon Guards. He served in Malaya, Singapore and Aden, and was on his third tour of Northern Ireland at the time of his death. He is buried in the Tidworth Military Cemetery in Hampshire. George, from Haverhill, was 35 years old and married with three sons.

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