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Corporal Alexander Bannister, 2nd Battalion, the Queen’s Regiment

August 8, 2019

 

Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1988, Corporal Alexander Bannister, 2nd Battalion, the Queen’s Regiment, died just over three weeks after having been grievously injured in Northern Ireland. 

Corporal Bannister had joined the army four years earlier.  On the 15th of July, at Ballymurphy in West Belfast, he had been part of a joint army and R.U.C. patrol when he was shot in the back by an IRA sniper.  The bullet hit his spine, paralysing him and also causing internal abdominal injuries.  Corporal Bannister was taken to Musgrave Park Hospital in Belfast, and after three weeks it was considered safe for him to be transferred home to a hospital in England.  Sadly, the day before he was due to travel, he suffered a fatal heart attack brought on by blood clots.

Alexander, from Maidstone in Kent, was 21 years old.

 

 

 

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