Private Robert Leslie Kunkel was a direct recruit to C Coy, The 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (1 PARA) from 57 Platoon training course at Maida Barracks, Airborne Forces Depot, Aldershot.
Bob was the first member of 1 PARA to die whilst the battalion was in Cyprus. Pte David Gollop, ex C Coy, 1 PARA adds: "Bob Kunkel was aged 18 when he was killed in a climbing accident whilst on a NCO cadre course in the Kyrenia mountains in North Cyprus. Bob was the first member of 1 PARA to die whilst the battalion was in Cyprus.
His parents flew out and attended the funeral, which took place in Waynes Keep, Nicosia. The Guard of Honour was drawn from C Company. Bob was a well liked and respected member of C. Company."
Private Kunkel died on 13 April 1956, aged 18 years old. He is now buried at Waynes Keep Military Cemetery, Nicosia, Cyprus.
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