Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1972, Major Robin Nigel Alers-Hankey, 2nd Battalion, Royal Green Jackets, died from complications after having been shot four months earlier in Northern Ireland.
On the 2nd of September in 1971 there were street disturbances in the Bogside, Londonderry. A fire had begun at a timber-yard and troops were sent in to protect the fireman as they attempted to deal with the blaze. Major Alers-Hankey was shot in the stomach and taken to the Altnagelvin Hospital, where he remained for six weeks before being transported to hospital in England. He was sent home just after Christmas, but within a week was re-admitted to hospital and passed away four weeks later. It was discovered that an aneurysm, brought about by his stomach wound, had caused his death. He lies buried in the Magdalen Hill Cemetery in Winchester.
Robin, from Winchester, was 35 years old and married with two children.