Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1974, Private Thomas John McCready, 3rd County Down Battalion, the Ulster Defence Regiment, was killed in Northern Ireland.
A farmer and a part-time member of the regiment, Private McCready was to have been married within two weeks.
On the day of his death he was part of a joint army and U.D.R. patrol in Newry, County Down. The vehicle he was travelling in had come under fire from gunmen situated in flats in North Street. He and his fellow soldiers left their vehicles to take cover – as they ran into an alleyway the soldier in front of Private McCready told the inquest that several shots were fired and Private McCready fell to the ground, saying he had been shot. He was taken to hospital, but died two hours later.
Four people were imprisoned for the killing, including a teenage girl. Private McCready lies buried in the Drumlee Presbyterian Church graveyard in Country Down.
Thomas, from Kilcoo in County Down, was 34 years old.