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Ex-military MP recalls horror of Droppin’ Well

Published 27/05/2010

The former commander of British troops in Bosnia recalled the Droppin’ Well bombing yesterday as he called for greater support for wounded and mentally scarred military veterans.

Bob Stewart, making his maiden Commons speech after being elected as a Conservative MP, said veterans were owed “through-life care” after they leave the military as he spoke during a debate on the Queen's Speech.

On December 6, 1982 he was a company commander in Northern Ireland when six troops from his unit were blown up in the Droppin’ Well pub in Ballykelly, Co Londonderry, which claimed the lives of 17 people in total, including 11 soldiers. Two of his troops badly injured in the Ballykelly massacre had “not had much of a life” as a result of their experiences.

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