The Battle of St. Matthew's

The Battle of St. Matthew’s – Read the British Army Files

Read the secret British Army files covering the Battle of St. Matthews.

Paper Trail discovered secret British military files relating to the Battle of St. Matthew's in June 1971 and shared them with local groups in time for the 50th anniversary.

You can read our 50th-anniversary article here.

Other victims and survivors in the area have asked to read them so we have bundled them along with the anniversary article and uploaded them to the cloud.


Paper Trail is opening these files to victims and survivors which will save family researchers hundreds of hours of work.

The files include previously unpublished British Army 39 Brigade files that record the flow of information from British Armed Forces on the ground that tumultuous weekend.

Important information includes the operational orders for British Armed Forces and their movements across Belfast during widespread communal violence.

Even though such military records tend to be perfunctory and prosaic, you can map the panic and horror as violence erupts across the city.

Victims and Survivors can access these historic bundles after filling in this online monitoring form and marking that you wish to access the Battle of St. Matthew's files.

We will then send you access details to Box (cloud storage) where you can read and download the files for your own research. Paper Trail does this manually so please allow a few hours at most to complete your request.


Paper Trail would like to ensure that you are safe to read these public records and that you have support networks in place.

Please exercise caution when reading any information relating to the conflict, especially information relating to you and your family.

Do not hesitate to contact Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) directly if you require support as there are a range of organisations that offer free and independent advice relating to your health and well-being.

VSS Telephone 028 90 279 100 I Lifeline 0808 808 8000
VSS Web Contact


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3 Steps to Share the New Evidence


Complete the charity's Monitoring Form - your reason for contact: "Battle of St. Matthew's Archives" - and leave the details required by our funders.


Set up your own individual FREE account on Box Cloud Storage as this allows you to share and store the files we have stored there for this investigation.


Paper Trail sets you up as an individual User and emails you an invite to Box files. Click on the link, sign into Box, and access the files.


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