Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1976, Captain William Rolston Bond, Second-in-Command of the West Foyle Company, 5th Battalion, the Ulster Defence Regiment, died from gunshot wounds received ten days earlier while off-duty.
Captain Bond – known as Ronnie - was a part-time member of the regiment, and also employed by the Housing Executive in an administrative post. He had been one of the first members of the regiment when it was formed. Captain Bond had served with the Royal Navy during the second world war, on the landing crafts for allied troops during the invasion of Italy. Later he worked for a time with the police force in Kenya.
On the day of his death he had arrived home after the short walk from his office when two IRA gunmen shot him twelve times in the back. He was taken to hospital, but his wounds were too grievous and he passed away ten days later.
Ronnie, from Londonderry, was 53 years old.