Northern Ireland

Operation Banner

Operation Banner was the operational name for the British Armed Forces’ operation in Northern Ireland from August 1969 to July 2007. It was initially deployed at the request of the unionist government of Northern Ireland to support the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC).

After the 1998 Belfast Agreement, the operation was gradually scaled down. Its role was to assert the authority of the government of the United Kingdom in Northern Ireland.

Kegworth Air Disaster

Kegworth Air Disaster

The Kegworth air disaster occurred when a Boeing 737-400 crashed on to the embankment of the M1 motorway near Kegworth, Leicestershire, England, while attempting to make an emergency landing at East Midlands Airport on 8 January 1989. British Midland Flight 92 was on...

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Sergeant Michael B Matthews

Sergeant Michael B Matthews

Sergeant Michael Bryan Matthews was fatally injured by a bomb on 27 July 1988 leading a joint army and police patrol. He was entering the village of Cullyhanna, South Armagh, when an improvised device hidden by the road exploded. He died 24 hours later. Sgt Matthews...

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Gnr Lyndon Morgan

Gnr Lyndon Morgan

Lyndon Morgan, 20-years-old, a soldier with the Royal Artillery was from Stonehouse, Gloucestershire and was killed by an IRA booby trap bomb while on foot patrol in Carrickmore. Two other soldiers were injured in the explosion. All 3 soldiers were airlifted to the...

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25th ANNIVERSARY SOLDIERS DRAGGED FROM CAR AND MURDERED.BELFAST

25th ANNIVERSARY SOLDIERS DRAGGED FROM CAR AND MURDERED.BELFAST

"The Two Corporals were pulled from their car and executed by the IRA" Belfast March 19th 1988 - Executed in cold blood. There can be no difference from soldiers executed in Iraq or Afghanistan to soldiers executed in Northern Ireland by the IRA. All terrorists must...

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Pte Frederick Starrett

Pte Frederick Starrett

Died of wounds sustained when the PIRA detonated a 200 lb command wire bomb, concealed behind hoarding at a building site on Royal Ave, Belfast. Both Pte Starrett and Pte James Cummings, who died at the scene, were on duty at the security gates near the junction with...

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Pte James Cummings

Pte James Cummings

Killed in an explosion detonated by command wire. He and a colleague, Pte Frederick Starrett, who died from his wounds, were on duty at the security gate in the city centre at the junction of Royal Ave and North Street. The PIRA had planted a 200 lb bomb behind...

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LCpl Alan Johnston

LCpl Alan Johnston

Shot dead by the IRA as he arrived at work in a local factory. One gunman opened fire at close range and then fled with another man in a hijacked car. The pair had taken over a house near the joinery works the previous night and before the shooting had tied up the...

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Pte Joseph Leach

Pte Joseph Leach

He was shot and killed by an IRA gunman whilst standing in the back of a Landrover on patrol in Shaw's Road in the Andersonstown district of Belfast. He was 21, single and came from Preston in Lancashire.

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Pte Iain James O’Connor

Pte Iain James O’Connor

He was killed when two blast bombs were dropped from a walkway in Divis Flats on to the Landrover vehicle that he was in. He was 23, single and came from Preston in Lancashire.

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Mr Douglas McElhinney

Mr Douglas McElhinney

Mr Douglas McElhinney Aged 42. Ex UDR. Shot dead by INLA while outside a friends house in Glenvale Road,Londonderry on the 25th February 1985.

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Sgt Alistair Slater, MM

Sgt Alistair Slater, MM

Sergeant Alistair Slater, MM (25 July 1956 – 2 December 1984), was a British Army soldier who served in B Squadron, Air (7) Troop, 22 Special Air Service (SAS), who was killed on 2 December 1984 while on operations against the Provisional Irish Republican Army in...

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Pte Neil Clarke

Pte Neil Clarke

Private Neil Clarke of the 2nd Battalion, the Queen's Regiment, was with an armoured patrol in Bishop Street in Derry when rioters struck with sweet jar petrol bombs. Clarke jumped out of the back of his Land Rover as his uniform caught fire and IRA sniper Paddy Deery...

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Private Samuel Montgomery

Private Samuel Montgomery

Shot dead by two IRA gunmen as he served a customer at the filling station on the Airport Road. The gunmen forced customers to lie on the floor and shot Private Montgomery twice in the head with a 9mm pistol. At his funeral the local Church of Ireland minister stated...

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Sgt Paul Oram, MM MID

Sgt Paul Oram, MM MID

Killed in gun battle between undercover British Army members and Irish Republican Army (IRA) members, Dunloy, near Ballymoney, County Antrim.

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Sgt Trevor Elliott

Sgt Trevor Elliott

Shot dead by the IRA as he walked to his car from his shop. A masked gunman opened fire at close range and Trevor was hit seven times. He was a drummer in the Territorial Army's pipe band. A senior TA officer said after his killing, 'We would like to emphasise and...

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INLA kill 11 soldiers, six civilians at Droppin’ Well

INLA kill 11 soldiers, six civilians at Droppin’ Well

The bombing of the Droppin' Well bar in Ballykelly was described by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as "One of the most horrific crimes in Ulster's tragic history". Eleven soldiers and six civilians were killed when a bomb exploded during a disco in the pub....

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