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Lance Corporal Colin Leslie, Sergeant-Major Arthur McMillan, and Sergeant Ian Mark Mutch, 1st Battalion, the Gordon Highlanders

June 18, 2019

 

Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1972, Lance Corporal Colin Leslie, Sergeant-Major Arthur McMillan, and Sergeant Ian Mark Mutch, 1st Battalion, the Gordon Highlanders, were killed in Northern Ireland.

They had been part of a patrol searching an empty house for arms at Bleary, near Lurgan in County Armagh, when a bomb exploded.  Four other soldiers were injured but survived.  The bomb had been set so that whoever entered the house would be caught up in the explosion.  The house belonged to a man who had been detained and was released, it having been decided he was innocent. 

Lance Corporal Leslie (pictured on the left) came from Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands;  he was 26 years old and single.

Sergeant-Major McMillan (pictured on the right) was from Hull;  he was 37 years old and married with one child.

Sergeant Mutch (sadly no photo yet found) was from Nairn in Scotland;  he was 31 years old and married.

 

 

 

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December 11, 2018