2000: In Peterborough's Bishop's Road Gardens stands one of the most telling and poignant memorials in the city. The memorial - made of Irish marble - recalls the life and death of two young men from Peterborough who gave their lives in the service of their country, protecting the wellbeing of residents in a conflict-ridden part of Ireland. Placed here on this day, it reminds us all that it is so often the young that suffer in conflict, and their families that carry the grief of their loss forever. Corporal Michael Boddy of the Royal Anglian Regiment was aged 24 when he was shot and killed by a sniper on 17 August 1972. He was on foot patrol along Selby Street, off the Grosvenor Road, in Belfast at the time and was the first Peterborough soldier to be killed in the Troubles. Lance Bombadier Stephen Restorick, aged 23, was the last British soldier of all to die at the hands of the IRA when he was shot by a sniper as he carried out a routine check on a car in Bessbrook, South Armagh on 12 February 1997. His death resulted in a public outcry, with Gerry Adams calling his death 'tragic'. His death brought peace a step nearer. (Jones, B.R., A Monumental Tour of Peterborough City Centre, Talking History, 2009)
Taken from The Peterborough Book of Days by Brian Jones, The History Press, 2014.