230 Squadron RAF
Flight Lieutenant - Royal Air Force
Service No 8029151J
Died 26 November 1992 at Bessbrook, Northern Ireland
After leaving Gordonstoun Simon trained as an RAF navigator. In 1992 he was serving on 230 Squadron RAF, at RAF Aldergrove, Northern Ireland. The squadron's role was to provide air support to the security forces operating against the prominent terrorist threat across the province.
On November 26, 1992, Simon's Puma helicopter was conducting a mission when it collided with an Army Gazelle helicopter while on its approach to Bessbrook Mill Barracks, South Armagh. Simon died as a result of the injuries he sustained.
South Armagh was euphemistically known as ‘bandit country’ by British forces because of the strength of the IRA in the area. Most supplies were airlifted into the area by helicopter and Bessbrook was one of the busiest bases.
Simon was laid to rest at Lincoln crematorium and a memorial service was held in Lincoln Cathedral. Simon held the general Service Medal (Northern Ireland)
Simon was at school from 1984-1988 in Round Square. He was a keen sportsman, a stalwart of the Mountain Rescue Service and was thoroughly popular amongst both pupils and staff.
In recognition of Simon's sacrifice the award of the Elizabeth Cross and scroll was made to his mother Mrs C Roberts by the Queen.