This page is dedicated to the memory of:
Nigel Robert Smith
2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment
I didn’t know Nigel, but his father, Mike, was a chemistry lab technician and storeman for the Combined Cadet Force at Cheltenham Grammar School, where my dad taught, and I attended from 1980-1988. I joined the cadets in 1983, so after Nigel was killed, but remember that Mike had a black and white photo of Nigel on the wall of the stores as you went in. In the photo Nigel was crouching near bushes in what looked like a small gully, armed with an SLR and wearing his para beret. I’m not sure if he was on exercise or possibly in Northern Ireland somewhere? I remember it being an amazing photo (dead ally!), and Mike was obviously hugely proud of his son. RIP Nigel, not forgotten.
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