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Alexander Kenneth Ireland


Christian Names

Service Number



Ireland Alexander Kenneth 24842456 Gdsm Scots Guards



Enlisted at


25 April 1970, Margate, Kent 19    

Date of Death

Where killed

Cause of Death

11/09/1990 Northern Ireland Gun shot wound




Chippenham (London Road) Cemetery   England

Next of Kin

Next of kin address


John and Pauline Ireland Hatherell Close Chippenham


Included on the Armed Forces Memorial

Soldierís Family Request Report

The Chippenham family of suicide soldier Alex Ireland have called on the Ministry of Defence to honour a promise to them reports of his death.

Armed Forces Minister, Mr Archie Hamilton, made a commitment to in the House Of Commons to release reports detailing how service personnel came to be injured or killed.

The decision follows a series of cases where parents protested they could not discover exactly how their children died.

One such case if that of Alex Ireland. His parents, John and Pauline Ireland of Hatherell Close have been campaigning for the right to see the reports into his death.

They are now calling for a judicial review and say Mr Hamilton should honour his work and allow them access to the reports.

Alex was a guardsman with the 2nd battalion the Scots Guards on a tour of duty in Northern Ireland.

He died in September 1990 after shooting himself with an SA80 rifle.

His parents claim he was "bullied to death" and an inquest in Co Tyrone revealed he had been the victim of bullying.

Mr Ireland said last week "we have not been given vital information about the case. It has been denied to us despite every effort. We are convinced that our lad was bullied to such an extent that he took his own life."

"I would like to see Mr Hamilton put his money where his mouth is and hand over the report and also my sonís notebook."

Earlier this year, The Cook Report television programme examined the tragic case of the young guardsman.

The programme, presented by investigative journalist, Roger Cook, found that Alex had always wanted to be a soldier but was singled out for 15 months of intensive bullying by his section commander when he joined his regiment, 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards.

Mr Ireland added "we have been given the runaround by the MoD and quite frankly, if they say they are going to hand over the report, I donít believe them."

Chippenham News 18 Dec 1992

Armed Forces Memorial, National Arboretum

Last updated - 05/02/2012



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