Remembering the fallen of the Northern Ireland security services: on this day in 1988, Constable Colin James Gilmore, Royal Ulster Constabulary, was killed in an ambush Belfast.
He had been travelling in a three-vehicle patrol, consisting of one army and two police, when a drogue bomb was thrown from an upstairs window of a derelict house and hit Constable Gilmore’s vehicle. It was nine o’clock in the evening and they were on the Falls Road, close to the Royal Victoria Hospital. He was taken to the hospital but died from the severe head injuries which had been inflicted – the drogue bomb had landed on the roof of the vehicle, exploding and penetrating the armoured plating.
Constable Gilmore had joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary six years earlier, and had previously served with the Irish Guards. He was a member of B Division Mobile Support Unit, known as The Blues, which was a specially-trained anti-terrorist unit working in West Belfast, and were considered one of the best counter-terrorist units in the country.
Colin, originally from Carrickfergus, but resident in Hillsborough, County Down, was married with a sixteen-month-old son.