Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1990, Private Olven Kilpatrick, 6th Battalion, the Ulster Defence Regiment, was killed in Northern Ireland.
He had joined the regiment in 1975 and served part-time, also being a partner in a shoe-shop a short distance from his home. Private Kilpatrick had been involved with his church, the Boys’ Brigade, and was a member of the Killen Orange Lodge.
On the day of his death, just before closing time, two IRA gunmen walked into his shop and shot Private Kilpatrick at point-blank range – in front of two customers while children played outside. As he lay wounded, they placed a bomb inside a shoe-box, which soon exploded and injured two R.U.C. officers as they were securing the area. Private Kilpatrick’s body could not be retrieved until the fire had been brought under control several hours later. He lies buried in the Castlederg First Presbyterian Church cemetery. No-one was ever brought to justice for his murder.
Olven, from Castlederg in County Tyrone, was 32 years old and married with two children.