Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1976, Colonel Charles Oliver Eaton, the Territorial Army, was killed in Northern Ireland. He had arrived for work at his family business, the Peter Pan Baker on the Springfield Road in Belfast, and was shot several times by PIRA gunmen. He died a short time later.
Colonel Eaton was educated at Campbell College in Belfast, where he was head boy. He served with the Northern Ireland Horse Regiment and was also a member of the Northern Ireland Police Authority. A successful and well-known businessman, a company director of his family’s bakery business, he had moved from Londonderry to work in Belfast because of the business’ growth.
Charles, from Craigavad in County Down, was 42 years old and married with four children.