Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1990, Private William Robert Davies, the Royal Regiment of Wales, was killed by IRA gunmen at the Lichfield railway station in Staffordshire.
He and two other army recruits had been waiting for a train after completing basic training at Whittington barracks, and were heading home on leave. Even though it was rush-hour, the killers fired at almost point-blank range. Private Davies’ companions survived the attack.
Tom King, the Northern Ireland Secretary at that time, said: “This is a different and very cold-blooded tactic. You have got to be a peculiar and pretty awful person to carry out a killing like that on a 19-year-old unarmed boy.” Private Davies’ parents had not wanted him to join the army, fearing for his safety, but he was adamant. There is a plaque in his memory beside his village’s war memorial.
William, from Pontarddulais, near Swansea, was 19 years old.