Video: Soldier’s return to scene of Ballygawley Bombing 25 years on

A SOLDIER who survived the Ballygawley Bus Bombing in 1988 has said Sunday’s Remembrance Day service has helped him bring his eight fallen comrades back home.

James Leatherbarrow who served as a private with the 1st Battalion of the Light Infantry returned to Northern Ireland for the first time since the atrocity, along with fellow survivors and relatives.

Private James Leatherbarrow being comforted at the Ballygawley Remembrance service

Private James Leatherbarrow being comforted at the Ballygawley Remembrance service

Over 200 people attended the poignant service held at the memorial along the main Omagh Road, where the IRA detonated a roadside bomb, wreaking carnage on a bus carrying 36 soldiers who had been returning to their base in Omagh after a short holiday.

“I have laid eight people to rest here today”, said James.

“When I left here 25 years ago, I left eight blokes here, when I leave here today, I will be taking eight blokes home.