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Simon Peter Evans

Surname

Christian Names

Service Number

Rank

Regiment

Evans Simon Peter 24493155 Gnr 22 Location Battery, Air Defence Regiment, Royal Artillery

Born

Age

Enlisted at

Address

Cardiff 19    

Date of Death

Where killed

Cause of Death

16/12/1979 Near Dungannon, Co Tyrone Bomb explosion

Cemetery

Plot

Country

Kington St Michael Churchyard   England

Next of Kin

Next of kin address

Town

Peter and Doreen Evans   Kington-St-Michael

Notes

One of 4 soldiers killed when an IRA landmine detonated on the Ballygawley Road, near Dungannon, Co Tyrone. The other 3 were

Gnr Keith Richards 19
Gnr Alan Ayrton, 21
Gnr William Beck 23

Young Soldiers Death in Ireland Shocks Home Village

A 19 year old soldier from Wiltshire was 1 of 4 who died in an IRA bomb attack in Northern Ireland on Sunday.

Gunner Simon Peter Evans of The Close, Kington-St-Michael near Chippenham and his comrades were killed in a Landrover which was blown up by a remote control bomb near Dungannon, Co Tyrone.

His father Peter is a sales director for a soft drinks firm and his mother, Doreen, is a nurse at Greenways maternity hospital.

Simon joined the Army 18 months ago. He had always been keen on service life and his first choice was the Navy but the intakes were twice a year.

He trained at Woolwich and was based at Larkhill as a member of 22 Location Battery of the Air Defence Regiment, Royal Artillery.

Simon spent a fortnight’s leave at home before going to Northern Ireland on a 6 month tour of duty 8 days before the tragedy.

When his family moved to Wiltshire from Kent, Simon worked in a supermarket and warehouse in Corsham.

He was not due home for Christmas and his parents threw a farewell party for him. Among those attending were his 16 year old girlfriend Jeanette Harrison, a pupil at Hardenhuish School.

It is reported that it was a 1000lb bomb which blew up the landrover.

Chippenham News 20 December 1979

Memorials Commemorated on:

Chippenham Town War Memorial

Yes

Armed Forces Memorial, National Arboretum

Last updated - 05/02/2012

 

 


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