Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1972, Kingsman Roy Christopher, the King’s Regiment, died twelve days after being severely wounded in an explosion in Northern Ireland.
He had been on patrol at the junction of Cupar Street and Clonard Gardens in Belfast – as they passed a derelict shop a bomb was detonated. Kingsman Christopher was one of three soldiers injured in the explosion, one of them losing a leg. His colleagues fired at a man who was running away from close to the scene, but he managed to escape.
Kingsman Christopher was taken to hospital but his wounds, including the loss of both his legs, were too grievous and he passed away after twelve days, with his parents by his side. He lies buried in the Preston New Cemetery in Lancashire and is commemorated on the King’s Regiment Memorial at Manchester Cathedral and at St. George’s Hall in Liverpool.
Roy, from Chorley in Lancashire, was 20 years old.