Parents of Connah's Quay soldier killed in Iraq plead for answers


Romilly Scragg

THE parents of an airman who lost his life in battle say the family still needs answers on the Iraq war.

Peter McFerran from Connah’s Quay died in Iraq while serving in the RAF in 2007, aged 24.

After his death, parents Bob and Ann McFerran set up a fund in his name. On June 28 Mrs McFerran and her daughter Elaine Fairley, 35, will travel at 100mph on Europe’s longest zipwire for Peter’s Appeal.

It will be the latest in the ongoing fundraising activities that have continued since the appeal achieved its original aim of funding a new incubator for the Countess of Chester Hospital’s neonatal unit.

Mrs McFerran has said fundraising for the hospital that helped her son as a baby was about making sure his life had not been wasted.

“His memory has been kept alive and it has helped us too,” said Ann. “Babies are all special. We want to help give other people the chance that we had and that Peter had.

“That’s all we want to do.”

But in recent days, the family have also felt the need to speak out in light of the decision not to publish the full exchanges between Tony Blair and George Bush in the run-up to the Iraq war.

Mrs McFerran, 62, said: “We focus on something positive but at the same time we need to have answers to why they went to war and we haven’t got them,” she said.

“There are 176 families of soldiers killed in Iraq. Everybody needs to know the answers.”

Mr McFerran, 70, who served for 10 years in the same squadron as his son – No. 1 Squadron RAF regiment – said he had never understood the reasons for the war.

“I was confused at the time,” he admitted. “Normally you know why you’re there. You have a reason. And nobody gave us a reason. We need to know what went on and we need all the information.

“What’s happened to the Freedom of Information Act? They’re hiding something and we need to find out what it is. It will come out eventually but I’d rather it came out in my lifetime.”

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