Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1971, Private Francis Veitch, the Ulster Defence Regiment, was killed in Northern Ireland.
A part-time member of the regiment, he also worked on the family farm and lived with his mother and sister, his father having died during the previous month.
On the day of his death he was close to the sentry post at Kinawley R.U.C. station when gunmen opened fire from a car. It is believed that there were three gunmen, who then drove off towards the border. Private Veitch was hit five times; a witness who ran to his aid said that he had died instantly.
A sergeant in the U.D.R. praised him: “He was one of the best fellows in my company, very kind and very efficient, a very good man.”
Francis, from Mullawarrow near Kinawley in County Fermanagh, was 23 years old.