Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1972, Lance Corporal Alfred Johnson and Private James Edward Eames, the Ulster Defence Regiment, were killed in Northern Ireland.
Both soldiers were part-time members of the regiment, Lance Corporal Johnson was employed as a butcher at a local bacon factory, and Private Eames was a post office engineer.
On the day of their deaths they were part of a four-man patrol returning to Enniskillen from Levaghey. A mile from Enniskillen they came across an abandoned vehicle which was discovered later to have been stolen some time before. As Lance Corporal Johnson and Private Eames approached the vehicle to check it, the 150 lb bomb it contained exploded, killing them instantly and leaving a large crater in the road, with debris scattered up to two hundred yards away.
It is believed that the bomb was intended for a two-ton truck containing thirteen soldiers on their way to the camp at St. Angelo – they were passing at the time of the explosion and their vehicle was caught in the blast. None were killed but were treated for shock and cuts. John Downey, responsible for the Hyde Park bombing, was arrested in 2018 for the murders, and in July of 2019 lost his High Court appeal over extradition although an appeal was lodged.
Alfred, from Enniskillen, was 33 years old and married with three children.
James, also from Enniskillen, was 32 years old and married with three children.