Warrant Officer 2 John Arthur Maddocks, Royal Army Ordnance Corps

December 2, 2018

 

Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1974, Warrant Officer 2 John Arthur Maddocks, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, was killed in Northern Ireland. 

A ten-gallon milk churn bomb had been discovered at Gortmullen, Derrylin, in County Fermanagh, near the Monaghan border – it was in a ditch close to a woman’s home, and she noticed red and white wires leading from it into the ground.  After reporting it to the RUC, her son and another man used a hook and line to move it into a field.  Warrant Officer Maddocks arrived with his team to inspect and photograph the churn – he at first intended to use shotgun fire but instead decided to approach it.  An eye-witness, an R.A.F. Police explosives search dog handler, said that as Warrant Officer Maddocks cut into the wires leading into the bomb it exploded, killing him instantly.  He said:  “John was a cracking guy, an absolute gentleman and a very brave one at that. I have never forgotten him…Rest in peace.”

John, from Stockport in Cheshire, was 32 years old and married with three daughters.

 

 

 

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

We don’t have any products to show right now.

We don’t have any products to show right now.

We don’t have any products to show right now.

We don’t have any products to show right now.

We don’t have any products to show right now.

December 11, 2018

Please reload

No product

We don’t have any products to show right now.