Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1988, Lance Corporal Alan Johnston, the Ulster Defence Regiment, was killed in Northern Ireland.
Lance Corporal Johnston was the fifth person in his father’s family, and the third person at his place of work, to be killed. He was a part-time member of the Ulster Defence Regiment, and was employed at the Kilkeel Joinery Works. One of his friends said that he was “one of many young men in Ulster whose only desire is to serve their community and provide protection for us all”.
On the day of his death he arrived at work at eight o’clock in the morning, and as he walked into the works he was shot at close range. Two men had taken over a house the night before, tied up the owner and taken his car to use in the killing. In December of that year a man was sentenced to life imprisonment; he was neither the gunman nor the driver of the stolen vehicle, but had passed on information about Lance Corporal Johnston’s movements to the IRA.
Alan, from Kilkeel, County Down, was 23 years old.