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Another 'Blast from the Past'!

It happened this month - sixty-seven years ago - where were you?

STEN GUN SHOTS KILL TWO AT 'ALL-RANKS' PARTY—SOLDIER HELD

ISMAILIA, Egypt February 11, 1952—A BRITISH corporal has been arrested in the Canal Zone after shots fired during a mixed party in a NAAFI canteen. The shots killed an RASC captain and a corporal, and wounded two other soldiers.
The captain fell dead with six bullets in the stomach after a wild burst of firing from a Sten gun, says Press Exchange. The corporal who died was hit twice in the chest.
The unit's quartermaster was wounded in both legs. The other soldier hit was a private.
The party, for all ranks and their friends, was being held on Saturday night in the Royal Army Service Corps canteen near Suez. The place was crowded.
According to BUP (American) several members of the Women's Royal Army Corps were present.
An Army Court of Inquiry will be held.
Names of the two men killed were given last night by Exchange as Captain H. Mason and Corporal P. J. Carter. The wounded were CQMS W. Beckett and Private Ottoway-Smith.
David Walker, Daily Mirror Correspondent, cabling from Ismailia, yesterday, said various straws in the wind indicated the possibility of a genuine easing of tension in Egypt. In Cairo the army is gradually disappearing from the streets and cinemas and racecourses have returned to normal.
In the Canal Zone. General Erskine had an important talk with Ghasaly Bey, Governor of Port Said. It is hoped the discussion will lead to a further improvement.
(The Daily Mirror.)