Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1973, Corporal Bryan Criddle B.E.M., the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, attached to the Royal Tank Regiment, died in Northern Ireland from injuries received five days earlier.
Corporal Criddle and his sniffer dog were members of a search party at Clogher in Country Tyrone when they came across a suspicious milk churn in a field. As they approached, the bomb in the milk churn was detonated by remote control. Three other devices nearby were defused; the amount of explosives found would have killed the entire patrol. Corporal Criddle was grievously injured and taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, where he succumbed to his injuries five days later. His dog, Jason, was thrown about ten yards in the blast and survived.
Corporal Criddle was awarded the British Empire Medal for his service in Northern Ireland. He lies buried in the Blockley Cemetery, and is commemorated on the village’s warm memorial.
Bryan, from Blockley in Gloucestershire, was 34 years old and married with a three-year-old daughter and ten-month-old twin sons.