Prince of Wales Own Regiment of Yorkshire

Major Dockerty

Major Christopher John Dockerty was born in Wisbech on 12th October 1960. He attended the local Grammar School, where he was a popular student due to his ready wit and reputation as a sportsman, representing his school at cricket and squash. He read politics and law at Durham University, where he gained an honours degree. He was commissioned in the rank of Lieutenant into the Prince of Wales Own Regiment of Yorkshire in 1983. where he made his mark as an officer of significant promise with an early vocation for work in Military Intelligence. He was battalion Intelligence Officer for much of his Regiment’s 1985-1987 tour in South Armagh. On the 2nd June 1994 together with other Intelligence staff Officers and members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary’ Special Branch, he was flying by a RAF Chinook helicopter, call sign ZD576 from Belfast to Inverness for a conference of United Kingdom intelligence specialists. The RAF Chinook crashed into the mountainside on the Mull of Kintyre, killing all 29 passengers and crew. But for the tragic accident Major Dockerty would have completed his duties in Northern Ireland and returned to his Regiment, He was due to be married in September. A good man and a fine officer.

S/Sgt Arthur Place. Aged 29. (Attached A.A.C.). While off duty in the company of four friends who had been visiting the Knock Na Moe Castle Hotel in Omagh County Tyrone. While inside the hotel the IRA booby trapped there car. As they left the hotel and opened the car door it detonated killing all five soldiers on the 18.05.1973.

Pte David Wray Aged 18 (1 Battalion). Shot by a sniper while on foot patrol in the Creggan Area of Londonderry. He died in hospital 2 weeks later on the 10.10.1975.