Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1977, Corporal John Geddis, the Ulster Defence Regiment, was killed in Belfast in the explosion of a bomb set by members of the Ulster Volunteer Force.
Corporal Geddis was a part-time member of the regiment, and also worked as a post office engineer. On the day of his death he and his wife had arrived at the Mountainview filling station on the Crumlin Road to buy petrol – while he was killed in the explosion, his wife escaped with facial injuries. This was during the Ulster Workers’ Council strike, and the filling station had been ordered by loyalist groups to close, but it remained open.
Three men were convicted of the killing, two of them already serving sentences for other murders, and the father of one had been convicted of the murders of those killed in the McGurk’s Bar bombing six years earlier.
John, from Ballygomartin, was 26 years old and married.