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Private Martin Robinson, 1st Battalion, the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, and Corporal Gerard Bristow, 1st Battalion, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers

April 16, 2019

 

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1972, Private Martin Robinson, 1st Battalion, the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, and Corporal Gerard Bristow, 1st Battalion, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, were killed in separate incidents in Northern Ireland.

The murders were part of the violence which occurred after the killing of the Official IRA’s Belfast leader, Joe McCann. Over seven years later, two men were jailed for Corporal Bristow’s murder, while a third was jailed for manslaughter.

Private Robinson was shot by a sniper while at an observation post on the Foyle Road in the Brandywell area of Londonderry. From Sutton-on-Sea in Lincolnshire, he was 21 years old.

Corporal Bristow had been on patrol when he was shot by a gunman who was in the grounds of St. Columb’s College in Londonderry. From Newport in Monmouthshire, he was 26 years old and married with a year-old son.

 

 

 

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