In Memory Of...

Ranger Stuart McMaster

of the 1 Royal Irish

Ranger Stuart McMaster - 27th July 1982 - 15th June 2002.

Stuart died in Alberta, Canada in a tragic Parachuting accident while he was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment.

Stuart joined the British Army on the 1st September 2000, he commenced his Basic Training at St. Patrick's Barracks in his home town of Ballymena, after completing Phase 1, he moved to the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, where he was one of the few to win the much coveted Commandant's Medal. Stuart then joined his Battalion who were then based at Howe Barracks in Canterbury, Kent. He did a tour of Northern Ireland in 2001, upon returning to Canterbury he joined the Battalion's Bugles, Pipes and Drums where he was to become a valued member.

In May 2002 his Regiment departed for Canada for extensive training in the knowledge that they, as part of the 16th Air Assault Brigade would inevitably be going to Iraq. Having already parachuted prior to joining the Army, Stuart chose parachuting as his Adventure Training package. After successfully completeing the Parachute Training Course and with a few days left before having to return to base Stuart decided to stay and pay for as many jumps as he could fit into the time he had left. Unfortunately, one of these jumps went terribly wrong and Stuart was killed on Saturday, 15th June 2002 while 'jumping' at the Skydive Ranch in Belseker, Alberta. He was only 19 years old.

At his funeral Stuart's Commanding Officer Colonel Tim Collins spoke very highly of Stuart and his abilities both as an individual and as a soldier.

Stuart came from a very loving and close family. His parents Jimmy and Saran, his sister Gillian and brother Richard, they miss his warm smile, charm and sense of humour.

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