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    IRA Attack on 16 Para Bde 22nd February 1972.

    This coming Monday, February 22nd will be the 44th anniversary of the bombing of the 16 Para Bde Offrs mess in which 6 civilian Mess staff & an Army Padre' will killed.

    As usual, there will be a small group of people visiting the site to pay their respects, either as individuals or in a group. The site although under demolition, will be accessible all day long.
    The actual footprint of the Mess will be turned into a proper garden of remembrance by the developers.

    Those who would like to gather with people who were there at the time or lost family or friends are welcome to come along at 1200hrs.
    This will last approximately 40 minutes.

    There will be a short service of remembrance, an opportunity to lay flowers at the memorial.
    Followed by a talk on the events of the day by a soldier who was no more than 50m from the explosion.

    There will be a get together afterwards in the Trafalgar Inn Aldershot.
    Tea Coffee & something stronger will be available!

    A film showing the events of that day & the aftermath will be shown in the pub.

    More details here....................

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    Re: IRA Attack on 16 Para Bde 22nd February 1972.

    RIP. It's hard to believe its been 44 years.
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    Re: IRA Attack on 16 Para Bde 22nd February 1972.

    R.I.P.

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    Re: IRA Attack on 16 Para Bde 22nd February 1972.

    walking towards Officers Mess when the bomb went off

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    CMH
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    Re: IRA Attack on 16 Para Bde 22nd February 1972.

    Remember it well,three minutes earlier I wouldn't be here !
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    Fox Gym - still remember that day
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    Rest in Peace was on leave from NI at the time
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    Re: IRA Attack on 16 Para Bde 22nd February 1972.

    During 72 there wasn't much activity with the ira in England, and at the time I was in Farnham, heard the explosion. I told those whom I was with that it definitely was a bomb as such, although some said it was a gas explosion. It was indeed a sad day that's for sure.
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