• Short Summary

    FOUR BRITISH SERVICEMEN KILLED IN AN AMBUSH BY YEMENI TRIBESMEN DURING AN "ADVENTURE TRAINING" WEEKEND WERE BURIED IN THE MILITARY CEMETERY AT ADEN YESTERDAY (MONDAY) AS BRITAIN ASKED THE UNITED STATES TO NEGOTIATE THE RETURN OF 18 OTHERS STILL HELD IN A DESERT FORT.

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    FOUR BRITISH SERVICEMEN KILLED IN AN AMBUSH BY YEMENI TRIBESMEN DURING AN "ADVENTURE TRAINING" WEEKEND WERE BURIED IN THE MILITARY CEMETERY AT ADEN YESTERDAY (MONDAY) AS BRITAIN ASKED THE UNITED STATES TO NEGOTIATE THE RETURN OF 18 OTHERS STILL HELD IN A DESERT FORT.

    WREATHS WERE LAID AT THE MEN'S GRAVES BY TWO OF THE FOUR SERVICEWOMEN WHO WERE RELEASED AFTER THE AMBUSH. THE MIXED PARTY OF SERVICE PERSONNEL MISSED THEIR WAY IN THE DARK ON SATURDAY AND CROSSED OVER THE BORDER INTO THE YEMEN FROM LAHEJ STATE.

    ONE OF THE WOMEN WHO LAID A WREATH AT THE GRAVE SIDE WAS CAPTAIN PAT INSON OF THE WOMEN'S ROYAL ARMY CORPS WHO COMES FROM HALIFAX, YORKSHIRE. CAPTAIN INSON WAS HAILED AS THE HEROINE OF THE INCIDENT. BULLETS WERE WHINING ACROSS THE ROCK-STREWN WADI WHEN SHE CLIMBED FROM UNDER THE CONVOY'S LEADING LAND-ROVER AND STOOD SQUARE IN THE HEADLIGHTS. THE 35-YEAR-OLD OFFICER SHOUTED OUT: "WE'RE WOMEN. WHY SHOOT AT US." IN MINUTES THE FIRING DIED DOWN, THE TRIBESMEN ADVANCED AND DESPITE LANGUAGE DIFFICULTY WERE SOON FRIENDLY TERMS.

    THE FOUR DEAD BRITONS WERE SHOT EARLY ON SUNDAY WHEN A SECTION OF THE PARTY WHICH HAD BECOME ISOLATED TRIED TO RE-ESTABLISH CONTACT. THE FOUR WOMEN RETURNED ON MONDAY WITH BODIES OF THE FOUR MEN. THE "ADVENTURE" GROUP CONSISTED OF 38 MEN AND EIGHT WOMEN AND 19 OF THE GROUP ESCAPED BACK OVER THE BORDER WHEN THE FIRING STARTED.

    LATEST REPORTS REACHING ADEN ON THE FATE OF THE 18 MEN STILL CAPTIVE WAS THAT THEY HAD STAGED A SIT-DOWN STRIKE RATHER THAN MAKE A SIX-HOUR FORCED MARCH TO THE TOWN OF TAIZ FOR PUBLIC EXHIBITION. THE MINISTER OF DEFENCE, MR. PETER THORNEYCROFT, HAS ASKED THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, MIDDLE EAST, TO CARRY OUT A FULL INQUIRY INTO THE INCIDENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA71ZKR244IF0Q9K1GDEWY2D6GS
    Media URN:
    VLVA71ZKR244IF0Q9K1GDEWY2D6GS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/06/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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