Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1991, Corporal Terence Gavin O’Neill, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was killed in Northern Ireland.
An army dog-handler, he had been feeding his Labrador in the kennels at the North Howard Street army base in West Belfast when a home-made grenade was thrown over the wall. Corporal O’Neill was killed and a soldier who was with him lost both legs. According to evidence given at the inquest, the soldier begged his colleagues to kill him, as he was aware of the extent of his injuries.
Corporal O’Neill had served in the army for twenty-two years, completing seven tours of duty in Northern Ireland and was due to retire from the army within six months. He is buried in the Alnwick Cemetery in Northumberland.
Terence, from Northumberland, was 44 years old.