Lance Corporal Peter Herrington, the Green Howards

September 17, 2020

 

Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1971, Lance Corporal Peter Herrington, the Green Howards, was killed in Northern Ireland.

On the morning of the day of his death there had been a report of a bomb at the junction of Flax Street and Brompton Park in the Ardoyne area of Belfast.  An old tyre had been used to contained the device, and a wire could be seen running from it.  People living locally were advised to stay in their homes as a soldier began to work on defusing the device – people had nevertheless begun to gather at a distance. 

Several shots were suddenly fired and three of the soldiers were hit:  one with a minor wound, one seriously injured, and Lance Corporal Herrington, who was fatally wounded.  His colleagues took cover and returned fire - but the gunman, who had fired from the area where Etna Drive led off from Brompton Park, was gone, believed to have been given cover by the people who had gathered.

No-one was brought to justice for the murder.  The soldier who had dealt with the bomb stated at the inquest that people in the crowd laughed as Lance Corporal Herrington was being put into the ambulance.  He lies buried in the Woodlands Cemetery in Scarborough, Yorkshire. 

Peter, from Scarborough, was 26 years old and married with three children.

 

 

 

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