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Lieutenant Joseph Wilson, 2nd Battalion, the Ulster Defence Regiment

October 26, 2019

 

Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1976, Lieutenant Joseph Wilson, 2nd Battalion, the Ulster Defence Regiment, was killed in Northern Ireland.

Lieutenant Wilson was a part-time member of the regiment, and had also worked in a supermarket in Armagh city for twenty years.  On the day of his death a gunman walked into the supermarket and shot him three times in the back, escaping in a vehicle which had been hijacked a few days earlier. 

A year earlier Lieutenant Wilson had survived his car being fired on at point-blank range, and twice he had given evidence which led to several people being imprisoned.  His son-in-law, Herbert Burrows, would be killed eight years later by the IRA, the killers mistakenly believing he also belonged to the regiment.  Lieutenant Wilson was buried in the Knappagh Presbyterian churchyard, with full military honours.

Joseph, from Lisdown, County Armagh, was 53 years old and married with nine children.

 

 

 

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