Referred to as The Warrenpoint ambush, Narrow Water ambush, (also called the Warrenpoint massacre, or Narrow Water massacre) was a guerrilla attack by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) on 27 August 1979. The IRA’s South Armagh Brigade ambushed the British Army with two large roadside bombs at Narrow Water Castle (near Warrenpoint) in Northern Ireland. The first bomb targeted a British Army convoy and the second targeted the reinforcements sent to deal with the incident. IRA volunteers hidden in nearby woodland also allegedly fired on the troops. The castle is on the banks of the Newry River, which marks the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Eighteen British soldiers were killed and six were seriously injured, making it the deadliest attack on the British Army during the Troubles
In 1979 No less than 18 officers had been killed in two booby-trap bomb assaults at Narrow Water keep in Warrenpoint, South Down, near the outskirt with the Irish Republic
It was the most astounding loss of life endured by the British Army in a solitary occurrence since they had been provisioned in Northern Ireland to reestablish some level of control and reduce the hostility suffered by both sides of the conflict. The IRA accepted that they were responsible for the assault. It came just hours after the Queen’s cousin, Lord Louis Mountbatten, was killed in an IRA bomb assault in Donegal Bay in the Irish Republic. The dead at Warrenpoint incorporated the most senior Army officer executed in Northern Ireland to date, the boss of the Queen’s Own Highlanders, Lieutenant-Colonel David Blair.
The trap had been deliberately arranged. The main bomb, measuring a large portion of a-ton, was planted under some feed on a level bed lorry next to a double carriageway 44 miles (71km) from Belfast on the Irish outskirt.
It detonated killing six fighters of the Second Battalion Parachute Regiment as they went past in a four-ton lorry at the back of a three-vehicle armed force guard. The surviving troops in the other two vehicles were promptly sent to cordon off the range and call for fortifications.
Individuals from the Queen’s Own Highlanders, who traveled to the scene by helicopter, landed from Bessbrook base in County Armagh. Twenty minutes after the principal blast, as the helicopter took off conveying a portion of the harmed, the second gadget was exploded. Twelve more fighters – two Highlanders and ten Paras – who had been seeking shelter in an adjacent entryway house were killed as the second gadget detonated near them.
The names of those who died
MacLEOD – Lance Corporal Victor
BLAIR – Lieutenant Colonel David
ANDREWS – Corporal Nicholas J.
BARNES – Private Gary I.
DUNN – Private Raymond
WOOD – Private Anthony G.
WOODS – Private Michael
GILES – Corporal John C.
ROGERS – Sergeant Ian A.
BEARD – Warrant Officer Walter
VANCE – Private Thomas R.
ENGLAND – Private Robert N.
JONES – Private Jeffrey A.
JONES – Corporal Leonard
JONES – Private Robert D.V.
IRELAND – Lance Corporal Chris G.
FURSMAN – Officer Peter
BLAIR – Private Donald F.