Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1975, four soldiers were killed in Northern Ireland. They were ammunition technical officers, part of a team sent to Ford’s Cross near Forkhill in County Armagh to investigate an abandoned milk churn suspected of containing bombs. Milk churns were in popular usage with the IRA, with devastating consequences. The real bomb was hidden in a hedge nearby, and it was detonated by a member of the IRA as the team went past. A fifth soldier was severely injured and flown to Musgrave Park Hospital in Belfast. A local man was charged with murder and IRA membership and found guilty. Those killed that day:
WO2 Edward Garside, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, from Chepstow in South Wales, was 34 years old.
Corporal Calvert Brown, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, from Stockton-on-Tees, was 25 years old.
Sergeant Samuel Robert McCarter, 34 Field Squadron, the Royal Engineers, from Tidworth, was 33 years old.
Major Peter Willis (not pictured), the Green Howards, from Chester, was 37 years old.