. 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.