Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1986, Corporal Brian Brown Q.G.M., 3rd Battalion, the Ulster Defence Regiment, and his sniffer dog Oliver were killed in Northern Ireland.
Corporal Brown and Oliver had been called in to make a search at a garage in Kilkeel, after a previous search following a bomb warning had not been successful. The bomb, contained in an oil drum, went off, killing them both and seriously injuring another soldier who was airlifted to hospital.
Corporal Brown had joined the regiment in 1971, and was known to be dedicated to working with the sniffer dogs to the point that he passed up on chances of promotion. He was posthumously awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal, the citation for which reads in part: “The Queen's Gallantry Medal is awarded for exemplary acts of bravery, and is in recognition not only of his actions in the incident in which he died, but also of the outstanding performance of his duties as a search expert over a period of years, during which he also received the General Officer Commanding's Commendation…. Corporal Brown was fully aware of the risks involved in carrying out his mission, but was equally aware of the risk to the community posed by the terrorist bombing campaign”.
Brian, from Ballynahinch in County Down, was 37 years old and married with four children.