• Christina Drummond

Private Michael Frederick Prime, Royal Army Pay Corps


Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1972, Private Michael Frederick Prime, Royal Army Pay Corps, attached to 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was killed in Northern Ireland in an IRA ambush.

Private Prime had joined the army eleven months earlier. On the day of his death he was on administrative duties and was travelling on the M1 motorway in a Royal Regiment of Fusiliers convoy. They were about four miles outside of Lisburn, near the Moira roundabout, when gunmen attacked them with automatic weapons and explosives from a bridge over the motorway. Private Prime had been hit several times and died before any aid could be given.

Michael, from Matlock in Derbyshire, was 18 years old and married.

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