Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1973, Corporal (Hugh) Franklin Caddoo, the Ulster Defence Regiment, was killed in Northern Ireland.
Corporal Caddoo was a farmer who had been a part-time member of the regiment since the previous year. On the day of his death he had left milk-churns to be collected on the Benburb-to-Aughnacloy road, three hundred yards from the farmhouse. As he was driving his tractor away, gunmen drove up and shot at him. They missed, but then shot him once in the head and once in the neck as he made an attempt to escape. His father, who lived with him, heard the shooting and ran down the lane to his dying son. The gunmen got away across the border, which was two miles away, and left their burned-out getaway car on Ballagh bridge.
Franklin was 25 years old and married with an eighteen-month-old daughter and an unborn son.