Friday 24 November 2017

OBE an insult to Derry victims

ON Sunday, January 30, 1972, 14 civilians were shot dead in Derry by soldiers from the 1st Battalion of the Parachute Regiment, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Derek Wilford.

Lt Col Wilford was exonerated by the now-discredited Widgery Tribunal and six months after the event he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth, probably on the advice of then prime minister, Edward Heath.

This was perhaps the greatest insult to the victims' relatives.

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