Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1972, Lance Corporal Joseph Jardine, 3rd Battalion, the Ulster Defence Regiment, was killed in Northern Ireland.
A part-time member of the regiment, Lance Corporal Jardine was a veterinary officer with the Ministry of Agriculture. On the day of his death he had gone with five other ministry officials to a location near Middletown in County Armagh, close to the border. They were inspecting cattle being imported into Northern Ireland. Mid-afternoon a car pulled up at the hut in which they were working, and one of the ministry officials saw a man with a gun get out of the car and run towards the hut, so he shouted to his colleagues to take cover. They heard gunfire, after which a customs official informed them that Lance Corporal Jardine had been shot. Twenty-three rounds had been fired, and Lance Corporal Jardine had been hit sixteen times. He lies buried in the Banbridge New Cemetery in County Down.
Joseph, from Shandon Park in Newry, was 43 years old and married with two children.