Parachute Regiment 'used skull as an ashtray' in NI.

#1
A inquest into the killings of 10 people over three days in 1971 in Ballymurphy has heard that one victim's skull was used as an ashtray by the Parachute Regiment.

Former Paratrooper Henry Gow recounted the episode to the court which first came to light in his autobiography Killing Zone, which he wrote under the name Harry McCallion and which was published in 1995.

During questioning this week Mr Gow said that a 'sweepstake' was run by his unit to reward soldiers who "got a kill" and the winner "got the pot" and would use the money to "go for a piss-up".

The skull was said to belong to father of six Henry Thornton who was shot when the van he was travelling in backfired and a soldier mistook it for gunfire.

https://www.irishnews.com/news/nort...shot-catholic-man-s-skull-as-ashtray-1617500/

Edited to add. Here's an interview with him in 1995. Claims to be ex-SAS, Falklands, South African Special Forces and RUC, all of which was ended by a car accident when he 'swerved to avoid hitting an old lady',

I was the original natural born killer

On a side note, the newspaper describes the event as 'grizzly' which suggests a bear might have been involved. Presumably they mean 'grisly'.

MM
 
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#5
From the article

The Thornton family lawyer Pádraig Ó Muirigh last night they were aware of Henry Gow's evidence.
"The allegation that the remains of their loved one was treated in such an undignified manner is a source of great distress to them," he said.

It must be a source of comfort to all the families of people killed by PIRA that they were clearly treated with dignity and respect by their killers.
More rewriting of history to ensure the Army comes out as cold bloodied murderers while the Irish where simply running round simply defending themselves and their communities
 
#7
What a ridiculous suggestion.



There’s no way a para would even consider using an ashtray.
 
#9
Can we just take a moment to pay respects to the incident in question

Two rounds from THAT rifle into a moving target killing one man.

Respect that's some shooting
 
#10
A inquest into the killings of 10 people over three days in 1971 in Ballymurphy has heard that one victim's skull was used as an ashtray by the Parachute Regiment.

etc etc etc

On a side note, the newspaper describes the event as 'grizzly' which suggests a bear might have been involved. Presumably they mean 'grisly'.

MM
Probably meant 'gristly'.
 
#11
From the article

The Thornton family lawyer Pádraig Ó Muirigh last night they were aware of Henry Gow's evidence.
"The allegation that the remains of their loved one was treated in such an undignified manner is a source of great distress to them," he said.
Does this mean the family are willing to have the body exhumed to see if there are any fäg ends still stuck in daddy’s eye socket?
 
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A inquest into the killings of 10 people over three days in 1971 in Ballymurphy has heard that one victim's skull was used as an ashtray by the Parachute Regiment.

Former Paratrooper Henry Gow recounted the episode to the court which first came to light in his autobiography Killing Zone, which he wrote under the name Harry McCallion and which was published in 1995.

During questioning this week Mr Gow said that a 'sweepstake' was run by his unit to reward soldiers who "got a kill" and the winner "got the pot" and would use the money to "go for a piss-up".

The skull was said to belong to father of six Henry Thornton who was shot when the van he was travelling in backfired and a soldier mistook it for gunfire.

https://www.irishnews.com/news/nort...shot-catholic-man-s-skull-as-ashtray-1617500/

Edited to add. Here's an interview with him in 1995. Claims to be ex-SAS, Falklands, South African Special Forces and RUC, all of which was ended by a car accident when he 'swerved to avoid hitting and old lady',

I was the original natural born killer

On a side note, the newspaper describes the event as 'grizzly' which suggests a bear might have been involved. Presumably they mean 'grisly'.

MM
From the dates, both of the the 1975 memoir & the 1990’s book - this sounds awfully like Soldier 027 in the BS inquiry. Same person?

You can read what the inquiry thought of his evidence, in particular the tale that the original manuscript and diaries got stolen by prostitutes on the Paris Metro, here:
https://arrse.co.uk/community/threa...-within-two-weeks.290983/page-36#post-9144881


Edit, looking through some other information, it can’t be e same man. I suppose it’s hardly really a surprise that there’s more than one fantasist living off ridiculous made up stories about their time in NI
 
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Is this the same bloke who wrote a memoir claiming to have been a member of a SAS death squad that roamed Northern Ireland "slotting" with impunity?

When the police arrested him on suspicion of murder his army records showed him to have been a vehicle mechanic for his entire army career. As has already been said, "crock of sh1t".

I know a bloke who was a 3rd engineer in the merchant navy in Vietnam but insists this was merely a cover for his true role as a CIA assassin. Funny, I didn't know the CIA could recruit alcoholic Scotsmen.
 

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Is this the same bloke who wrote a memoir claiming to have been a member of a SAS death squad that roamed Northern Ireland "slotting" with impunity?

When the police arrested him on suspicion of murder his army records showed him to have been a vehicle mechanic for his entire army career. As has already been said, "crock of sh1t".

I know a bloke who was a 3rd engineer in the merchant navy in Vietnam but insists this was merely a cover for his true role as a CIA assassin. Funny, I didn't know the CIA could recruit alcoholic Scotsmen.
Really?
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#19
What a crock of shit. I am pretty sure the coroner might notice a missing head.
It says "...a colleague recovered part of the skull", not the entire head.

ISTR that after JFK was shot through the head, Jacqueline Kennedy was alleged to have crawled onto the boot of the limo to retrieve a chunk of his skull and she later handed it to the doctors at the hospital.

Possible, but very dubious IMHO. The coroner would have noted a missing lump of skull.
 
#20
This is appalling behaviour.

QRs clearly states enemy skulls are to be lined with silver (or EPNS for infantry batallions) and repurposed as "Vessels, drinking Mk3. Brandy, for the quaffing of.".

 
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