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Tribute Paid To Soldiers Killed In IRA Attack

Tuesday 14th December 2004

Soldiers who died in an IRA attack in Fermanagh 15 years ago have been remembered at a special ceremony.

The last post sounded at the site of the former Army checkpoint at Derryard yesterday on the Fermanagh border near Roslea, where two soldiers lost their lives.

Pte James Houston, 22, a fatherofone from Essex serving in the King's Own Scottish Borderers, and Lance Corporal Michael Patterson, 21, from Kirkcowan, were killed in the attack.

It is believed that up to 12 terrorists were involved and were armed with RPG rocket launchers, a flamethrower, grenades, heavy machine guns and AK47s.

Remembering their colleagues, soldiers from the 1st Battalion of The King's Own Scottish Borderers based in Omagh were joined by two survivors of the attack.

Company Sergeant Major Robert Duncan, from near Glasgow, was a 24-year-old corporal at the time. Ian Harvey from Glasgow was also a corporal. Both men received the Distinguished Conduct Medal for their bravery.

The remembrance event marked their first visit to the site for 15 years.

Mr Duncan recalled that a lorry had arrived at the checkpoint.

 

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