Members of The Parachute Regiment killed as a result of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, from 1971.

Those listed are displayed in date order but you can filter by unit using the links below. The custodian would be more than happy to recieve further information about anyone listed

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Sergeant Michael G. Willetts

Northern Ireland | 25.05.1971 | Parachute Regiment, 3 Para

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On the evening of the 25th May 1971 a terrorist entered the reception hall of Springfield Road Police station in Belfast. He carried a suitcase from which a smoking fuse protruded, dumping the case on the floor he fled out-side, inside the room were a man a woman and two children and several police officers. One of the police officers raised the alarm then began organising an evacuation of the hall through the reception office. Sgt Willetts was on duty in the inner hall, on hearing the alarm he sent an NCO to the first floor to warn those above and hastened himself to the door towards which the police officer was thrusting those in the reception hall and office. He held the door open while all passed safely through and then stood in the doorway shielding those taking cover.

In the next moment the bomb exploded with terrible force. Sgt Willetts was mortally wounded. His duty did not require him to enter the threatened area. All those people who were approaching the door from the far side agreed that if they had had to check to open the door, They would have perished. Sgt Willetts waited, placing his body as a screen to shelter them.

By this act of bravery, he risked and lost his life for those of the adults and children. Sgt Michael Willetts was awarded the George Cross (Posthumous)

Sergeant Michael G. Willetts Sergeant Michael G. Willetts

Private Richard Barton

Northern Ireland | 14.07.1971 | Parachute Regiment, 2 Para

Private Richard Barton

Shot driving a Land Rover on night patrol in Anderstown area of Belfast. The vehicle was ambushed by several gunmen and witnesses said Pte Barton accelerated towards gunmen to provide cover for colleagues.

The attached photograph was taken with the patrol’s 16mm (C (Special Patrol) Company, 2 Para) still camera after a joint exercise with Guards (Independent) Parachute Company in Cyprus in 1970.

Pte “Dick” Barton served in the same Troop and is fourth from the left in the photograph...

Private Christopher Stephenson

Northern Ireland | 24.06.1972 | Parachute Regiment, 1 Para

Private Christopher Stephenson

killed with two other soldiers when their Land Rover was destroyed by two landmines consisting of 120lbs of explosive packed in milk churns on a remote stretch of the Derry to Belfast Road at the Glenshane Pass at night.

WO2 William R. Vines

Northern Ireland | 5.05.1973 | Parachute Regiment, 2 Para

WO2 William R. Vines

killed on foot patrol near Crossmaglen when he walked past a mine that was detonated from a wire that led across the border.

Two other soldiers sent to the scene were killed by second booby trap concealed nearby in what was to become a favoured IRA tactic of the so-called 'two-step operation'.

Sergeant Major Vines was married just three weeks before he was killed.

WO2 William R. Vines WO2 William R. Vines

LCpl Phillip (Pablo) James

Northern Ireland | 16.03.1974 | Parachute Regiment, 1 Para

LCpl Phillip (Pablo) James

killed when his four man patrol in countryside near Crossmaglen was ambushed near the border by IRA gunmen.

LCpl Phillip (Pablo) James

Pte Roy Bedford

Northern Ireland | 16.03.1974 | Parachute Regiment, 2 Para

Pte Roy Bedford

killed in same incident, both were member of the Vigilant Platoon. L/Cpl James and Pte Bedford were Killed in the Initial ambush, A young soldier who was part of the patrol was later awarded the Military Medal for his part in the Action.

Pte William Snowdon

Northern Ireland | 28.06.1976 | Parachute Regiment, 3 Para

Pte William Snowdon

killed by remote controlled bomb during 12 man foot patrol near Crossmaglen.

Pte William Snowdon

Warrenpoint

Northern Ireland | 27.08.1979 | Parachute Regiment, 2 Para

Warrenpoint

Warrenpoint, described by the Paras as their worst post war disaster. In a carefully organised attack the IRA first blew up a parked trailer on a dual carriageway running parallel with Carlingford Lough as an Army convoy passed. Six were killed in the initial blast.

The IRA had anticipated where the soldiers would set up their command centre, behind a nearby wall they had concealed another 800lb device. The second explosion half an hour after the first, killed twelve more soldiers. Major Fursman died with fifteen other Paras, all members of the 2nd Battalion.

The day after the bombs went-off, Officers and men from 2 Para paraded at the scene of the blast to pay their respect to their fellow soldiers.