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  • Christina Drummond

Lance Corporal Norman Duncan, the Royal Corps of Transport

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1989, Lance Corporal Norman Duncan, the Royal Corps of Transport, was killed in Northern Ireland.

Four weeks before he was due to leave Northern Ireland, he had been driving a minibus from Ebrington Barracks to the Ebrington Primary School to collect soldiers’ children. As he neared a junction, a hijacked car pulled up alongside and a gunman got out, walked over to the minibus and shot Lance Corporal Duncan several times, hitting him in the head and upper body. He died almost immediately.

An RUC spokesman described him as popular with both superiors and colleagues, stating that he was “a quiet man by nature but was always willing to help his colleagues regardless of the additional hours it meant working". At the end of the following year, two men were sentenced to nine years and seven years after pleading guilty to assisting the gunman.

Norman, from Craigellachie in Banffshire in Scotland, was 27 years old and married with three children.

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