Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1972, Private Charles Philip Stentiford, 1st Battalion, the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, was killed in Northern Ireland.
One of seven children of a soldier, Private Stentiford had always wanted to follow his father into the army and so chose the same regiment. He had enlisted six months before his death, and had only been in Northern Ireland for a few days.
On the day of his death he was part of a security operation at Derrynoose near Keady in South Armagh. During the night members of the IRA had buried three landmines half a mile from the border, then they hid across the border with the detonator until the engineer protection party arrived. The explosion created three eight-foot-wide craters and killed Private Stentiford. He lies buried in the St. Mary’s Stockleigh cemetery in Crediton, Devon.
Charles, from Cheriton Fitzpaine near Exeter, was 18 years old and engaged to be married.