Al Slater

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Alistair Slater
Nickname(s) Mr. Grumpy
Born Leicestershire, England
Died 2 December 1984
County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service -1984
Rank Sergeant
Unit The Parachute Regiment
Special Air Service
Battles/wars Operation Banner 
Awards Military Medal

Sergeant Alistair Slater MM (died 2 December 1984) was a British Army soldier who served in B Squadron, Air (7) Troop, 22 Special Air Service[1][2] who was killed on 2 December 1984 whilst on operations against the Provisional Irish Republican Army in Kesh, County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland.[3][4][5][6]

The operation also led to the deaths of Antoine Mac Giolla Bhrighde and Kieran Fleming and the arrest of the other two members of the four man unit. The IRA men had been attempting to bomb an RUC police car. Slater was posthumously awarded the Military Medal for his role in the action.[7]

Prior to joining the SAS, Al Slater was a member of 1 Para. He appeared in the 1982 British TV documentary titled The Paras as one of the instructors to a group of Parachute Regiment recruits undertaking their basic training. The programme began filming just prior to the onset of hostilities of the Falklands War.

Al Slater was one of four SAS soldiers to be killed during the Troubles.[8]

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  1. ^ Mars & Minerva, Special Air Service Regimental Journal Magazine, Issue 7, Volume 2 1995
  2. ^ McNab, Andy (1996). Immediate Action. Corgi Adult. pp. 225–233. ISBN 0-552-14276-X. 
  3. ^ Tom Read, Freefall, Pages 158-166 (Little Brown, Edition 1, 1998). ISBN 0-316-64303-3.
  4. ^ Tírghrá, National Commemoration Centre, 2002. PB) ISBN 0-9542946-0-2 p.264
  5. ^ Baptism of Fire: The Astonishing True Story of a Man of God, Frank Collins PB) ISBN 0-552-14582-3, ISBN 0-385-40916-8
  6. ^ CAIN: Sutton Index of Deaths
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Secret Operations of the SAS, Mike Ryan

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