Sgt Michael James Winkler

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Reference WMO/269081

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Memorial Garden

Heol-y-Neuadd

Tumble, Carmarthenshire

Wales

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Painted
Conflicts:
  • Northern Ireland
About the memorial: Attached to a wall alongside the town's WW1 and WW2 memorials. Michael James Winkler, Sergeant, 24310380, Royal Corps of Signals. Michael was born on 17 March 1957. He was serving with the Royal Corps of Signals in Northern Ireland during the height of the troubles. On 15 June 1988, Michael, along with a group of other servicemen, were off duty, and had just completed a charity run for local charities in Northern Ireland. Michael, along with five other servicemen, boarded their minibus, which had been parked in the Market Square, Lisburn, County Antrim, when it exploded, killing all six of the men. The minibus had been targeted by the IRA, who had placed a bomb in it. The action of the IRA was rightly condemned, as the men targeted had given up some rare time off to raise money for local charities, and were all off duty. Michael was 31 years old. The other soldiers who died in the explosion were; Corporal Ian Metcalf, 1st Bn The Green Howards, aged 36; Lance Corporal Graham P. Lambie, Royal Corps of Signals, aged 22; Signalman Mark Clavey, Royal Corps of Signals, aged 24; Corporal William J. Paterson, Royal Corps of Signals, aged 22, and Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, aged 20. Michael's body was brought home, and he was buried at Llannon Cemetery.
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