Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1990, Private Colin McCullough, the Ulster Defence Regiment, was killed in Northern Ireland.
He had joined the regiment four months earlier, having spent eighteen months serving with the Royal Irish Rangers. On the day of his death he was off-duty and sitting in his car with his fiancee – they were at the Oxford Island Nature Reserve on the shores of Lough Neagh, and were newly-engaged. A gunman shot him thirteen times, and Private McCullough’s fiancee was physically unharmed. At his inquest, the coroner stated that she had had “a miraculous escape” and called the killing “brutal and barbaric”. Private McCullough’s murder sparked several tit-for-tat killings, some claimed by the Protestant Action Force. For years afterwards his family suffered taunting by Republican sympathisers.
Colin, from Lurgan, was 24 years old.