Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1983, Private Alan James Stock, 2nd Battalion, the Queen’s Regiment, was killed in Northern Ireland.
He had joined the army three years earlier, and had been serving in Londonderry for almost a year. On the day of his death Private Stock had been on patrol near the boundary wall of the City Cemetery, when an IRA bomb was remotely detonated from close to one of the graves, the killer having hidden behind a headstone.
The explosion killed Private Stock almost instantly, his colleagues were hit by stones from the damaged cemetery wall, and shots were fired at the patrol. Another soldier was badly hurt and taken to hospital where he was treated for his injuries. As more soldiers arrived, they were pelted with stones by local youths who had gathered after the explosion. The Provisional IRA claimed responsibility, but no-one was brought to justice.
Alan, from Hounslow in Middlesex, was 22 years old and married.