Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1989, Gunner Miles Amos and Lance Bombardier Stephen Cummins, 5th Heavy Regiment Royal Artillery, were killed while on patrol in Northern Ireland.
They had been in the second Land Rover of the patrol near the Donegal border checkpoint at Coshquin when an IRA landmine exploded, killing them and injuring six other soldiers. The vehicle was completely destroyed, the blast having been heard up to thirty miles away.
Gunner Amos had been in the army for less than a year and was on a four-month in Northern Ireland; his father said afterwards that “there is no point in bitterness”. Miles, from Redland, Bristol, was 18 years old.
Lance Bombardier Cummins had sent his parents a copy of the poem, “Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep”, and asked that it be read at his funeral in case anything should happen to him, a request with which they complied. Stephen, from Cosham in Hampshire, was 24 years old and engaged to be married.