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  • Christina Drummond

Private Peter Grundy, 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1979, Private Peter Grundy, 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, was killed in Northern Ireland while out on patrol.

He had completed training at Aldershot less than six months earlier, as the Champion SLR Shot of 453 Platoon, and was posted to 3 Platoon A Coy 2 Para. He had narrowly escaped death at Warrenpoint in August of that year – due to lack of room he transferred at the last moment from the vehicle hit by the first blast to a Land Rover that did not face the main blast. Sadly, less than four months later he was killed by a booby trap bomb at a remote farmhouse near Tullydonnel, Forkhill, Co. Armagh. His stepmother said that he had been an eager young soldier until Warrenpoint, the tragedy in which he lost some of his friends, and that it changed him in the short time he had left.

Peter, from Ryde on the Isle of Wight, was 21 years old.

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