Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1971, Captain David Anthony Stewardson, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, was killed in Northern Ireland.
A suspicious package had been left outside the Castlerobin Orange Hall on Mullaghglass Road, north of Lisburn in County Antrim. When Captain Stewardson tried to examine it, it exploded causing him grievous injuries. He was taken to hospital but could not be saved. The particular type of bomb, which contained two anti-handling circuits, became known as a “castlerobin”.
Captain Stewardson had only been in Northern Ireland for ten days, and he was the first bomb-disposal officer to be killed during Operation Banner. He is buried in the Barnhill Cemetery, Broughty Ferry, Dundee.
David, from South Queensferry, West Lothian, was 29 years old and married.