Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1976, Corporal Donald Traynor, 3rd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was killed in Northern Ireland. He lies buried in the Swinton Cemetery in Lancashire.
On the day of his death he was part of an army and R.U.C. team searching for weapons in the Orange Hall in Ballygargan, near Lurgan in County Armagh. A woman had anonymously phoned in a hoax claiming that her husband was involved in an assassination plot and that weapons were stored in the hall. During the search, Corporal Traynor opened the trap-door leading to the roofspace, and was killed instantly by the IRA bomb which had been set there. Two colleagues were seriously injured but survived.
Donald, from Worsley, Manchester, was 28 years old.