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Corporal Philip Barker, 1st Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

January 25, 2020

 

Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1981, Corporal Philip Barker, 1st Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, died a day after being shot in Northern Ireland.

He had been manning the security gates of the pedestrian checkpoint at the junction of Berry Street and Church Lane in Belfast city centre.  Just after 4:00 p.m. gunmen approached and shot him in the head at point blank range.  It was a Saturday and the city centre was crowded with shoppers, so his fellow soldiers were not able to fire at the gunmen as they made their escape through a nearby pub.  Corporal Barker was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, but could not be saved and passed away the following day.  He lies buried in the Hollinwood Cemetery in Oldham.

Philip, from Oldham in Lancashire, was 25 years old and married with two children

 

 

 

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December 11, 2018