Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1989, Private Thomas John Hardy, the Ulster Defence Regiment, was killed in Northern Ireland.
Private Hardy had joined the Ulster Defence Regiment in 1970, when it was formed. A part-time member of the regiment, he was employed at Granville Meats in Dungannon. On the day of his death he was in the company’s yard loading meat into his lorry when a gunman ran towards him and shot him three times at close range. Private Hardy was taken to South Tyrone Hospital but could not be saved and died a short while later. Four men, including a co-worker, received life sentences for his murder.
Thomas, from Dungannon in County Tyrone, was 48 years old and married with two children.