Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1973, Corporal John Aikman, Royal Regiment of Signals, was killed in Northern Ireland.
Corporal Aikman, who had joined the army in 1965, had been sent to Northern Ireland on an emergency tour in 1973. On the day of his death he was on security duty at the Newtownhamilton court house in County Armagh. As he was walking across the town square he was shot twice in the chest. IRA gunmen had taken over a nearby pub, the Corner Bar, holding staff and customers at gunpoint. They shot at Corporal Aikman from a broken window and were able to escape in a waiting vehicle.
John, from Gorebridge in Midlothian, was 25 years old and newly-married.