Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1989, Corporal Stephen Russell McGonigle, the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, was killed in south Armagh.
Corporal McGonigle had been a member of the regiment for fourteen years. On the day of his death he was on foot patrol on the Newry-to-Silverbridge Road near Cashel Lake. As the soldiers approached a parked car to examine it, a bomb situated at a nearby telegraph pole was detonated remotely. Corporal McGonigle was killed and three other soldiers were injured. Two civilians were driving by at the time and were treated for shock.
The IRA admitted responsibiity for the bomb and said that it should “shatter the Thatcher anniversary celebrations”. The M.P. Seamus Mallon called the murder “another brutal waste of human life”.
Corporal McGonigle lies buried in the New Ollerton Cemetery, Newark, in Nottinghamshire, and is remembered on the Sherwood Foresters (Nottingham and Derbyshire Regiment) memorial at Crich in Derbyshire.
Stephen, from Newark, was 30 years old and married with two sons aged eight and ten years old.