Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1983, Corporal Gerald Thomas Jeffrey, 1st Battalion, the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, died from injuries received seven days earlier in West Belfast.
He had been leading a routine foot patrol when a booby-trap bomb exploded in the upper floor of the building they were passing, across the street from the Falls Road library. One of his colleagues reported that Corporal Jeffrey was knocked sideways and staggered a few paces before collapsing. A two-inch nail was embedded in his head, and despite a ten-hour surgery in the Royal Victoria Hospital to remove it, he could not be saved. A command wire was found running from the building to a nearby alley, and children who had been outside the library at the time were injured.
Corporal Jeffrey had joined his regiment in 1975. From Plymouth, he was 28 years old and married with two children.