Prince Harry to meet families of bomb disposal experts

Prince Harry arriving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, for a service marking the 75th anniversary of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) across the Armed Forces
Prince Harry arriving at St Paul's Cathedral, London, for a service marking the 75th anniversary of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) across the Armed Forces

Prince Harry is to meet families of bomb disposal experts who have been killed in action after a service today marking the 75th anniversary of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) across the Armed Forces.

He will also meet members of the bomb disposal community who have suffered life-changing injuries.

The service at St Paul’s Cathedral will focus on the role of EOD throughout the Second World War, as well as during the conflicts of Northern Ireland and Afghanistan.

Serving and retired members of the EOD community will deliver accounts of the conflicts and the part played by EOD units.

Officially formed in October 1940, the original Royal Engineers bomb disposal unit played an important role in the Second World War, dealing with tens of thousands of unexploded bombs in the UK and overseas.

Since then, bomb disposal has expanded from the Royal Engineers to function across the Armed Forces, integrally involved in the conflicts of Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, among others.