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Memorial woodland to honour IRA coach bomb victims
5:39pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
AN Army Medical Services memorial woodland and monument is to be opened beside a motorway service station where 12 people died in an IRA attack on a coach.
Coach driver Ronald Handley, of Middleham, North Yorkshire, had been driving off-duty soldiers and their families from Manchester to Catterick Garrison, in 1974 when a 50lb bomb exploded in the vehicle's boot.
While Mr Handley helped victims in the blast’s aftermath, nine soldiers and three civilians, including children were killed and numerous others sustained severe injuries.
Mr Handley, who died last year, attended the unveiling of a memorial at Hartshead Moor Motorway Services on the M62 to the victims in 2009.
An Army spokesman said the charity Life for a Life Memorial Forests, had designed, commissioned and arranged full funding for the memorial woodland and a monument to give Armed Forces personnel an area to visit and reflect.
The monument, which will be opened on Sunday, (September 1) and dedicated by the Right Reverend Glyn Webster, the Bishop of Beverley and will be officially opened on behalf of the Director General Army Medical Services by Colonel Phil Harrison.
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