Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1976, Corporal William Derek Kidd, the Ulster Defence Regiment, was killed in Northern Ireland.
A part-time member of the regiment, Corporal Kidd was employed as a foreman with the Londonderry City Housing Executive. It is believed that he had been watched and stalked for quite some time before his murder.
On the day of his death, Corporal Kidd was supervising building work in Trench Street in the Waterside area of Londonderry. As he stepped outside of a workman’s hut, where he had been in discussion with colleagues, he was shot at point-blank range by two masked gunmen. The gunmen were seen to take off in the direction of the Bogside. Corporal Kidd died at the scene - he lies buried in the churchyard of the Leckpatrick Parish Church in Strabane.
William, from Strabane in County Tyrone, was 37 years old and married with three children.