Extinction Rebellion: Widow, 74, of British soldier killed by IRA bomb slams ‘fanatics’


Widow, 74, of British soldier killed by same IRA bomb that injured Extinction Rebellion activist says she’d like to give him a ‘mouthful of abuse’ for desecrating Cenotaph

  • Dianne Rose, 74, said she would give veteran Donald Bell a ‘mouthful of abuse’
  • Added that she would give Extinction Rebellion protestors a ‘punch on the nose’ 
  • Widow of a British soldier killed by an IRA bomb spoke exclusively to MailOnline 

The devastated widow of a British soldier killed by an IRA bomb has said she would give Extinction Rebellion protesters a ‘punch on the nose’ for desecrating the Cenotaph yesterday.

Dianne Rose, 74, added she would give veteran Donald Bell – who was injured in the blast in Northern Ireland that killed her husband – a ‘mouthful of abuse’ if she ever met him.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, she said: ‘I don’t know what gave Bell the right to do what he did. It was totally, totally wrong.

Dianne Rose (pictured with a picture of her husband Vernon), 74, said she would give veteran Donald Bell – who was injured in the blast in Northern Ireland that killed her husband – a ‘mouthful of abuse’ if she ever met him

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Ms Rose said: ‘I don’t know what gave Bell the right to do what he did. It was totally, totally wrong.' Pictured, her husband Vernon in 1963

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Ms Rose said: ‘I don’t know what gave Bell the right to do what he did. It was totally, totally wrong.’ Pictured, her husband Vernon in 1963

Extinction Rebellion veteran and a nurse put up a banner warning climate change means war

Extinction Rebellion veteran and a nurse put up a banner warning climate change means war

‘There’s a time and a place and Remembrance Day is not the time. I think I just want to punch him on the nose to be honest, and give him a mouthful of abuse.

‘I actually agree with climate change and I’m hoping the Government will sort it all out for us. But not on Remembrance Day. Please.

‘Sometimes I think these XR people are fanatics, that’s what they are. I think they’re nuts, some of them. I think they’re off their heads.

Vernon pictured while serving in Sarawak, Borneo, in 1963 - two years before he married Dianne in 1965

Vernon pictured while serving in Sarawak, Borneo, in 1963 – two years before he married Dianne in 1965

Dianne is pictured with her late husband Vernon on their wedding day in January 1965

Dianne is pictured with her late husband Vernon on their wedding day in January 1965

Vernon and his twin brother Colin, who signed up with him. Colin died recently from cancer

A dance in 1963 when Vernon was serving in Sarawak, Borneo

Pictured right, Vernon at a dance in 1963 while serving in Sarawak, Borneo. Left, Vernon with his twin brother Colin, who signed up with him. Colin died recently from cancer

‘My late husband, Vernon, wouldn’t have agreed with what they did, that’s 100 per cent. I’m sure about that. He wouldn’t have agreed with it at all.

‘Probably he wouldn’t have got into a row with them, because he wasn’t that type of person. He would have made some sort of statement and that would have been the end of it.

‘He’d just say well, that’s their opinion and they’re entitled to it. He’s have had a lot more dignity than Donald Bell, that’s for sure.’  

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