Newspaper report on the death of Pte Colin Carver, 1 PARA.


A Harlow man was killed by Arab gunmen in Aden on Thursday last week. He is 22-year-old Pte. Colin Carver, of the First Battalion, Paratroop Regiment, and had only been in Aden 12 days when he was killed.

He lived at 100, Wedhey, Harlow, for about 12 years with his parents, brothers Clive, Roger, Jan and Bob, and sisters Olwen and Mollie, and was educated at Netteswell Comprehensive School.

Colin joined the paratroopers in February last year with a friend, and had 18 parachute jumps, the last of which was in front of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Aldershot in April.


When the news came that Colin had to go to Aden, Mr. Carver said that his son had told them not to worry. Less than two weeks later Colin’s patrol was attacked in the Al Mansoura suburb, and tragedy struck the Carver family. Miss Chris Matthews, also of Wedhey, and Colin planned to get married in February next year.

Colin’s body is being brought back to Harlow, where he will be buried with full military honours at Parndon Wood Cemetery next Tuesday.


Harlow Gazette and Gaurdian

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