Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1972, Sapper Ronald Hurst, 50th Field Squadron Royal Engineers, was killed in Northern Ireland.
He had been repairing a damanged perimeter fence which surrounded the joint army and police base in Crossmaglen, County Armagh. The gunmen fired from a car which had pulled up close to the station, shooting Sapper Hurst in the chest and leg. Another soldier, Corporal John Stafford, was shot first and injured, he shouted a warning to Sapper Hurst, telling him to jump before he himself jumped to the sandbags below. He later told the inquest that when the shooting stopped he looked up to see Sapper Hurst hanging upside down on the scaffolding around the sangar.
Ronald, from Whitehaven, Cumbria, was 25 years old.