Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1972 Private Thomas Rudman, 1st Battalion, the Light Infantry, was killed in Northern Ireland.
He was shot by a sniper while on foot patrol in the Ardoyne area of Belfast; when the ambulance arrived for him, it came under fire and another soldier was injured but survived.
Private Rudman and his two brothers (one of them his twin) had all joined the Light Infantry. The eldest, John, had been killed in September of 1971 in Dungannon, County Tyrone. Private Rudman’s twin was sent home on compassionate grounds, with the press reporting that he would not be returning to Northern Ireland. Their mother put out an appeal to the government and the army that soldiers not be sent to Northern Ireland if a member of their family had previously been killed or wounded there.
Thomas, from West Hartlepool, County Durham, was 20 years old.