Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1971, Major Jeremy Snow, 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, died four days after being grievously wounded in a gun attack in Northern Ireland.
On the 4th of December in 1971, fifteen people, including two children, died in an explosion caused by a bomb left at McGurk’s bar in North Queen Street in Belfast. A gun battle ensued, with two policemen and five civilians being wounded as well as Major Snow – a witness reported seeing him shot in the neck, the gunfire coming from the New Lodge Road direction. Troops were brought in to conduct house searches as well as to deal with civilians rioting and stoning each other as each side was blamed for the bombing.
Major Snow was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, but he could not be saved and passed away with his wife by his side. A member of the U.V.F., Robert James Campbell, was convicted several years later and received fifteen life sentences.
Jeremy was 36 years old and married with two sons, aged six and three.