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Trooper John Gibbons (pictured) and Corporal Terence Williams, 17th/21st Lancers, attached to 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment

May 5, 2019

 

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1973, Trooper John Gibbons (pictured) and Corporal Terence Williams, 17th/21st Lancers, attached to 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, were killed in Northern Ireland.

They were part of a follow-up operation at Moybane near Crossmaglen in County Armagh, after Sergeant-Major William Vines of the Parachute Regiment had been killed earlier that day in a landmine explosion. They were at the scene of the explosion when a second bomb killed them instantly. A wire apparently leading across the border was found at the scene and had been cleared by an army bomb-disposal expert. Corporal Williams was rolling it in when it triggered the second explosion. A police witness reported that the blast left a twelve-foot-wide crater.

John, from Edinburgh, was 22 years old and married with a baby son.

Terence, from Aylesham near Canterbury in Kent, was 35 years old and married with three children.

 

 

 

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