Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1988, Gunner Lyndon Morgan of the Royal Artillery died after being caught up in a booby-trap bomb explosion while on foot patrol in Carrickmore, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. He was airlifted to Tyrone County Hospital but could not be saved. Two other soldiers had been injured but survived.
The explosion took place outside a small shop on Drumnakilly Road late in the evening, a gas cylinder having been packed with 40 lbs of explosives and detonated by a command wire. The gas cylinder was a permanent fixture outside the shop so it did not attract attention at the time.
Reverend Ian Paisley expressed his horror vociferously after the killing: “No amount of mere cosmetics can deal with the situation. The IRA cannot be bought off or ‘dialogued’ off, they have got to be militarily defeated. War to the death against the IRA must be declared and carried forward with as much determination and expense as the Falklands campaign. Ulster needs to see less rust and more mettle from the Iron Lady.”
Gunner Morgan had joined the army three years earlier and had arrived in Northern Ireland in January of 1988. A street in his village was named after him: the Lyndon Morgan Way.
Lyndon, from Stonehouse in Gloucestershire, was 20 years old.