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Gunner Paul Jackson, 25 Battery, Light Regiment, Royal Artillery

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1972, Gunner Paul Jackson, 25 Battery, Light Regiment Royal Artillery, was killed in Londonderry.

As the regimental photographer he had been sent out with a bomb-disposal team to take photographs of the bomb-disposal officer at work. A bomb had been left on the premise of a supermarket on Strand Road, and as the armoured vehicle they were travelling in parked across the road from the building, the bomb exploded. Gunner Jackson had been looking through a hatch in the vehicle and was killed as a result of a shrapnel wound to his head. The driver of the vehicle reported that they were showered with rubble, he fortunately escaped with minor cuts to his face.

Paul, originally from Glasgow but living in Leeds, was 21 years old and married with two small sons.

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