Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1990, Sergeant Major Albert Cooper, 8th County Tyrone Battalion, the Ulster Defence Regiment, was killed in Northern Ireland.
A part-time member of the regiment, Sergeant Major Cooper was a garage owner in Cookstown, Country Tyrone. He had joined up when the regiment was originally formed, and had survived an attempt on his life in 1988.
On the day of his death a woman left a vehicle for him to repair, and when he began working on it he triggered the hidden explosive device. Geraldine Ferrity was a 19-year-old student nurse who worked in a nursing home; she was an active member of the IRA and along with James Duffin was jailed for Sergeant Major Cooper’s murder - eight years later she was the last of the female prisoners released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. Sergeant Major Cooper lies buried in the Kildress Parish Church cemetery in Cookstown.
Albert, from Cookstown, was 42 years old and married with three children.