The Mull of Kintyre Disaster: The Victims: Head of intelligence died with his staff
Saturday 04 June 1994
THE HEAD of military intelligence in Northern Ireland and his immediate staff were among those killed in the crash. in Thursday night's helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre.
Colonel Chris Biles, 41, from Weymouth, Dorset, an Assistant Chief of Staff at Headquarters Northern Ireland, was the staff officer in charge of intelligence. He was the most senior Army officer on the ill-fated flight.
Col Biles's sister Sue, also from Weymouth, said today: yesterday: 'The family is stunned by the tragedy, but we are very proud of him and his commitment to helping the situation in Northern Ireland.'
Col. Biles, formerly of the Devonshire and Dorset regiment, leaves a wife Sue and three children, daughter Briony, 15, and sons Maxwell, 14, and Leo, 12.
He was awarded the MBE in 1981 for gallantry in Northern Ireland, and made OBEin 1992.
Last night the MoD refused to name any of the dead servicemen the four RAF crew and the nine Army officers until next-of-kin had been informed. But Headquarters Northern Ireland admitted said a full colonel, three lieutenant-colonels and five majors had been killed.
Col. Biles' regimental association said 'We are devastated at the news. Chris Biles was an outstanding officer. Although only 41 when he died he was
already a full Colonel and destined for the highest echeleons of the army.'
He was described an Assistant Chief of Staff in HQ Northern Ireland at the time of his death.
Military sources said all the dead officers were 'G2' intelligence specialists. As Assistant Chief of Staff G2, Col Biles would have been in charge of military intelligence in Northern Ireland.
- 1 Engineer pictured fixing plane's engine with 'duct tape' by concerned EasyJet passenger
- 2 Two-year-old says goodbye to bin man best friend
- 4 There is something wrong but very right about this Bible illustration
- 5 Remove smartphones from the hands of under-18s and maybe they will grow up to be less dumb
Engineer pictured fixing plane's engine with 'duct tape' by concerned EasyJet passenger
Saudi Arabia mosque bombing: Two volunteer security guards hailed as heroes for stopping Isis suicide bomber reaching worshippers
Ancient 2,400-year-old gold bongs discovered in Russia
Porn stars in California may be forced to wear goggles under new legislation
Tampon tax scrapped in Canada after petition convinces conservative government
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
£13500 - £15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity for an i...
£14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity for the ...
£14000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Full time Administrator/Secreta...
£16500 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the leading Mercedes-Ben...