Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1977, Sergeant William Edgar, 17 Port and Maritime Regiment, the Royal Corps of Transport, was killed while on leave and visiting his sister in their home town of Londonderry.
Sergeant Edgar had joined the army in 1963 and trained as a seaman navigator. On the day of his death he was known to have been drinking in a pub in Londonderry during the afternoon. At some point he was abducted, and his body was found just after seven o’clock in the evening, lying beside the workmen’s hut in the city cemetery. between the Bogside and Creggan. The IRA had telephoned the Samaritans to provide his location, and then made a statement that Sergeant Edgar had been an intelligence officer whose mission had failed. He had been shot three times in the head - police enquiries did not lead to the identity of his killers.
William was married with three children.