. He died in an IRA RPG attack on his Saracen armoured car in Servia Street, Lower Falls area. He was the gunner inside the vehicle and was the first soldier to die from such a weapon. The rocket hit the turret of the Saracen and he suffered severe head injuries and died 45 minutes later. Other soldiers in the Saracen suffered shrapnel wounds and hearing damage. The driver of the Saracen although injured himself drove the vehicle to the nearby Royal Victoria Hospital. He came from Blackburn, aged 23 and had been married for only 2 months.
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Published On: 12th July 1978Private Jack Fisher, from Hartlepool, served with A Company, The 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (1 PARA). He was killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack while serving in Northern Ireland, close to the border town of Crossmaglen at the end of a four month tour. Private Jack Fisher died on 12 July 1978, aged 19 years old. He Continue Reading →