Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1973, Guardsman Alan Daughtery, 2nd Battalion, the Scots Guards, was killed in Northern Ireland.
He had been on an armoured vehicle patrol at Beechmount Avenue, Falls Road, Belfast, which came under fire from a sniper. Three men had taken over a house and held the family captive until the patrol reached their location. As the firing began, one shot passed through the vehicle’s observation slit and hit Guardsman Daughtery in the neck – he died almost instantly. Another soldier was injured but survived. The gunmen then fled from the house. A murder charge against a teenager was later dropped, although he was sentenced to five years for intimidation.
Guardsman Daughtery lies buried in the Langley Park Cemetery, East Stanley, County Durham, and is remembered on the Scots Guards memorial at Glasgow Cathedral
Alan, from County Durham, was 23 years old and married with two small sons.