Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1984, Private Noel James “Jim” Johnston, the Ulster Defence Regiment, was shot and killed in Dungannon, County Tyrone.
Private Johnston had worked for five years at Drumglass Hospital in Dungannon as a porter. On the morning of his death he arrived for work, only to be confronted by two gunmen disguised as ambulance staff. They shot him in the head and chest before he could get out of his car, then they escaped in a stolen car. The stolen vehicle’s owner, a woman in Cookstown, was being held captive while her car was used for the murder.
Private Johnston had been a member of his regiment for ten years. A plaque in his honour is in the Pomeroy First Presbyterian Church, as well as in the Bawn Orange Hall in Pomeroy.
Jim, from Pomeroy in County Tyrone, was 28 years old.