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    The Ely Centre 2014

    TheElyCentre,

    60ForthillStreet,Enniskillen,

    CoFermanagh,BT746AJ

    Tel:02866320977

    Email:[email protected]

    Website:www.victimsurvivor.com

    REMEMBEREDWITH

    HONOUR A tribute to the soldiers of the British Army,

    murdered by the IRA whilst serving on Operation Banner in County Fermanagh

    The Ely Centre 2014

    REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR A tribute to the soldiers of the British Army, murdered by the IRA whilst serving on

    Operation Banner in County Fermanagh

    The Ely Centre 2014

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    REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR

    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying or otherwise without the prior permission of the

    publisher.

    Published by

    The Ely Centre, 60 Forthill Street, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, BT74 6AJ

    Tel:02866320977 Email: [email protected]

    Website: www.victimsurvivor.com

    The Ely Centre is an independent company (established in 2002) limited by guarantee (no.NI 43875 and is accepted as a charity by the Inland Revenue under

    ref. XR 41064

    The Ely Centre aim is to offer recognition, care and support to innocent civilians, serving / retired security force personnel and their families who have been

    bereaved and/or suffered physical and psychological injury as a result of terrorism throughout the Fermanagh and South Tyrone area during the Troubles.

    Any views expressed in this publication are those of their authors and do not necessarily represent those of the Ely Centre

    The Ely Centre 2014

    The Ely Centre 2014

    TheElyCentre,

    60ForthillStreet,Enniskillen,

    CoFermanagh,BT746AJ

    Tel:02866320977

    Email:[email protected]

    Website:www.victimsurvivor.com

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    Acknowledgements

    The Ely Centre express their sincerest gratitude to all those individuals who have worked with us in the creation of this Remember with Honour publication which accompanies our 2014 County Fermanagh Roll of Honour.

    This publication would not have been possible without the support and commitment of many individuals and organisations, we thank each of you for assistance throughout this process, however the following organisations and individuals deserve particular mention.

    The Ely Centre would like to thank the Royal British Legion Enniskillen Branch and in particular Mr Gordon Acheson, Vice President and Director ofthe Ely Centre for, endless hours he has committed to the creation of the Roll of Honour and this accompanying publication.

    The Ely Centre thank the Northern Ireland Veterans Association (NIVA) and their team of dedicated volunteers who have supported our remembrance project throughout and have been essential in encouraging us throughout and ensuring we have always received the most accurate information and support

    Finally, we thank the Regimental Association of the Ulster Defence Regiment Enniskillen Branch and in particular Mr William Wallace, Association Secretary, for the invaluable information and guidance provided throughout the development of this publication which aims to reverently acknowledge and pay tribute to the ultimate sacrifice which each of these fallen heroes paid.

    Mr W.J Dixon Chairperson The Ely Centre

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    Foreword

    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. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines in direct support of the Army commitment supplied a maritime component under the codename of Operation Grenada.

    In total 1,441 members of the British armed forces died in Operation Banner, including natural causes and suicide. Recent evidence suggest that suicide may be attributable to at least 25-33% of unknown deaths amongst members of the armed forces (NIVA, 2014).

    692 soldiers in the regular British Army were killed as a result of paramilitary violence 689 died from other causes197 soldiers from the Ulster Defence Regiment were killed as a result of paramilitary violence 284 died from other causes. 7 soldiers from the Royal Irish Regiment were killed as a result of paramilitary violence7 died from other causes.9 soldiers from the Territorial Army were killed as a result of paramilitary violence 8 died from other causes.2 members from other branches in the army were killed as a result of paramilitary violence.21 Royal Marines were killed as a result of paramilitary violence 5 died from other causes.8 Royal Navy servicemen were killed as a result of paramilitary violence 3 died from other causes.4 Royal Air Force servicemen were killed as a result of paramilitary violence 22 died from other causes.

    In Co Fermanagh a total of 21 regular British Amy soldiers were murdered. The Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) was solely responsible for all British Army killings.

    Thirteen soldiers were murdered during the 1970s and a further eight soldiers were murdered in the 1980s.

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    Thousands more suffered and continue to suffer from the physical and psychological injuries sustained in Operation Banner.

    The highest number of fatalities was sustained on the 321 (EOD) Company Royal Army Ordnance Corps and The Royal Regiment of Artillery, who each, had four soldiers killed during the 1970s. The Royal Regiment of the Fusiliers had three members killed, The Kings Own Scottish Borderers and The 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Waless) regiments each had 2 members killed. The Special Air Service, The Royal Corps Transport, The Royal Green Jackets, The 15th/19th Kings Royal Hussar, The 16th/5th Queens Royal Lancers and The Royal Hampshire Regiment each had one member killed.

    The Ely Centre extends our sincerest gratitude to all the brave and courageous soldiers of the British Army who fought against terrorism during the Troubles. We remember with honour those who paid the ultimate sacrifice defending Northern Ireland from terrorism.

    Mr L McDowell Director The Ely Centre

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    321 EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL COMPANY ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS The Unit was re-designated 321EOD Squadron Royal Logistic Corps on 5th April 1993 Staff Sergeant Ronald Frank Beckett

    Warrant Officer 2 John Arthur Maddocks

    Sergeant Martin Eamon Walsh

    23211152, Royal Army Ordnance Corps Killed in action, age 36, on 30 August 1973 as he dragged a 20lb IRA bomb out of a Post Office at Tullyhommon, Co. Fermanagh. Laid to rest at ST PAULS CHURCHYARD, TUPSLEY, HEREFORD. REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR

    23507805, Royal Army Ordnance Corps Killed in action, age 32, on 2 December 1974 as he examined an IRA milk churn bomb at Gortmullen, Derrylin, Co. Fermanagh. Laid to rest at SOUTHAMPTON CREMATORIUM. REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR

    24060262, Royal Army Ordnance Corps Killed in action on 9th January 1977 whilst attempting to dismantle an IRA milk-churn bomb near Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh. REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR

    321 EOD Squadron 11 EOD Regiment RLC is a unit of the British Army responsible for bomb disposal duties in Northern Ireland.

    With its Headquarters at Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn, the unit covers the entire province of Northern Ireland. The unit remains the most decorated unit in the British Army.

    321 EOD Squadron 11 EOD Regiment RLC is a unit of the British Army responsible for bomb disposal duties in Northern Ireland.With its Headquarters at Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn, the unit covers the entire province of Northern Ireland. The unit remains the most decorated unit in the British Army.

    321 EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL COMPANYROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPSThe Unit was re-designated 321EOD Squadron Royal Logistic Corps on 5th April 1993

    Staff Sergeant Ronald Frank Beckett

    23211152, Royal Army Ordnance CorpsKilled in action, age 36, on 30 August 1973 as he dragged a 20lb

    IRA bomb out of a Post Office at Tullyhommon, Co. Fermanagh.Laid to rest at

    ST PAULS CHURCHYARD, TUPSLEY, HEREFORD.

    REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR

    Warrant Officer 2 John Arthur Maddocks

    23507805, Royal Army Ordnance CorpsKilled in action, age 32, on 2 December 1974 as he examined an IRA milk churn bomb at Gortmullen, Derrylin, Co. Fermanagh.Laid to rest at SOUTHAMPTON CREMATORIUM.

    REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR

    Sergeant Martin Eamon Walsh

    24060262, Royal Army Ordnance Corps Killed in action on 9th January 1977 whilst attempting to dismantle

    an IRA milk-churn bomb near Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh.

    REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR

    321 EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL COMPANY ROYAL ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS The Unit was re-designated 321EOD Squadron Royal Logistic Corps on 5th April 1993 Staff Sergeant Ronald Frank Beckett

    Warrant Officer 2 John Arthur Maddocks

    Sergeant Martin Eamon Walsh

    23211152, Royal Army Ordnance Corps Killed in action, age 36, on 30 August 1973 as he dragged a 20lb IRA bomb out of a Post Office at Tullyhommon, Co. Fermanagh. Laid to rest at ST PAULS CHURCHYARD, TUPSLEY, HEREFORD. REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR

    23507805, Royal Army Ordnance Corps Killed in action, age 32, on 2 December 1974 as he examined an IRA milk churn bomb at Gortmullen, Derrylin, Co. Fermanagh. Laid to rest at SOUTHAMPTON CREMATORIUM. REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR

    24060262, Royal Army Ordnance Corps Killed in action o