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Leader of Paras Ted Loden on Bloody Sunday

Fomrer soldier Ted Loden, who was shot and killed during a suspected robbery in Kenya, saw action in Londonderry on Bloody Sunday. He was 73.

After more than half-a-century as a serving officer with 1st Parachute Regiment, the former Colonel Loden was in the wrong place at the wrong time on a visit to see his son, James, who is head of security for Barclays, Africa.

It was in Derry on January 30, 1972 – the day that became known as Bloody Sunday – that Loden, then a Major, was in charge of a unit of Paras, when violence broke out during a civil rights march.

Loden was leading a support company which fired more than 100 shots on the afternoon when 13 civilians were killed – another died later – along with 26 wounded.

The Saville Inquiry three years ago decided that Major Loden had been following orders and exonerated him from any blame.

Edward Charles Loden, who was eventually promoted to Colonel, was commissioned in 1960 and won the Military Cross in Bahrain seven years later, where he was a 1st Parachute Regiment intelligence officer.

Colonel Loden subsequently held a number of airborne appointments, including those of brigade major to 44 Para Brigade and commanding officer of 4 Para.

He retired from the Army in 1992 and settled in Hampshire, where he enjoyed sailing his 41ft yacht, which was moored in the Hamble.

Colonel Loden is survived by his wife, Jilly, and two sons.

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