On this day: the death of a war photographer

Ralph Morse, an American photographer for Life magazine, and war correspondent in Britain in the 1940s, died in Florida on the 7th of December, 2014 at the age of ninety-seven.

American soldier and his English girlfriend on lawn in Hyde Park, London, 1944. Photograph By Ralph Morse.

Amongst his popular photographs were those of American soldiers stationed in England during the Second World War alongside their local girlfriends. The image above was taken in London’s Hyde Park in 1944 in the buildup to D-Day. Interestingly, the American soldier is clearly wearing a wedding ring on his left hand.

On this day: the Hyde Park and Regent’s Park bombings

Cars removed from the scene of the Hyde Park car bomb in which four soldiers died in 1982

On the 20th of July, 1982 the Provisional Irish Republican Army detonated two bombs during military parades in the centre of London. Eleven people were killed and around fifty others injured.

The Hyde Park and Regent's Park bombings occurred on 20 July 1982

In addition to the deaths of soldiers and bandsmen, seven horses were killed.

Police forensic officers working on the remains of the IRA car which housed the Hyde Park car bomb in which four soldiers died in 1982

While Gilbert “Danny” McNamee was convicted of the Hyde Park bombing (a conviction that was later quashed), nobody was ever charged with the bomb at Regent’s Park.