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Maj-Gen. David Pank CB

Discussion in 'Roll of Honor & Memories - All Other Conflicts' started by GRW, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "Major General David Pank, who has died aged 80, was Commander Land Forces Northern Ireland from 1983 to 1985, a turbulent and challenging period.
    In September 1983, Pank assumed command. A few days into his tour, there was a mass breakout from the Maze Prison. Of the 38 Provisional IRA prisoners who escaped, 19 were quickly recaptured but many others returned to active service.
    During his command, there were more than 500 shooting incidents and 360 bomb attacks. More than four tons of explosives and almost 300 weapons were recovered and there were 690 convictions for terrorist offences.
    John Davis Graham Pank was born at Amersham, Buckinghamshire, on May 2 1935 and educated at Uppingham. In 1958, he enlisted in the Army as a National Serviceman and passed out top of his intake from Mons Officer Cadet School. He was commissioned in the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry (KSLI) that same year and joined 1st Battalion at Colchester."

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