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Captain John Young, 321 EOD Unit, Royal Army Ordnance Corps

July 15, 2017


Remembering the fallen:  on this day in 1972, Captain John Young, 321 Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, was killed in Northern Ireland.  An IRA bomb had been left in a milk-churn at Silverbridge near Forkhill, Co. Armagh.  It exploded as Captain Young approached, causing him massive fatal injuries.  He was the first bomb-disposal officer killed in that particular area, although many ambushes had been carried out prior to his death – the first member of the bomb-disposal unit to be killed was Captain David Stewardson in September of 1971.  (Members of the EOD Unit have won almost 300 awards for gallantry, including two George Crosses and 29 George Medals, making them the most decorated unit for actions undertaken in peacetime.  In 1981 the unit was renamed a company and later became 321 EOD squadron of the Royal Logistics Corps).  John, from Bronsley near Basingstoke in Hampshire, was 26 years old.




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