Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1986, Rifleman David Alan Mulley, 1st Battalion, Royal Green Jackets, was killed in Northern Ireland.
Rifleman Mulley had only been in Northern Ireland for four days; he had joined the army two years earlier and had initially trained as a medic. He had enlisted as he wanted to better himself, and was excited about being sent to Northern Ireland for the four-month operational tour.
On the day of his death his foot patrol were by an abandoned pub in Castlewellan, County Down, when the IRA detonated a remote-controlled bomb. The front wall of the building collapsed, killing Rifleman Mulley and injuring others, some of whom had to be dug out of the rubble. A five-year-old girl living in the building next door suffered head injuries, and her pregnant mother had to be treated for shock in hospital. Thirty children in a nearby youth club also suffered shock, but none were injured.
David, from Sunderland, was 20 years old.