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Guardsman George Hamilton, the Scots Guards

October 17, 2019


Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1971, Guardsman George Hamilton, the Scots Guards, was killed in Northern Ireland.

He had joined the regiment eight months earlier, and on the day of his death was the last man in his patrol as they moved along Glenalina Road in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast. It was a common tactic for the IRA to pick off the last man on patrol, known as "tail end Charlies" but at the time of Guardsman Hamilton's death there was nothing in place to counter this tactic effectively. He was shot in the back by a bullet from a Thompson machine gun and was declared dead on arrival at hospital. Other members of his patrol returned fire, but the gunman was not caught.

George, who was 21 years old and single, was buried with military honours and the pipes playing in his home town of Port Ellen on the Isle of Islay.




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