Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1976, Sydney McAvoy, a former member of the Ulster Defence Regiment, was killed in Northern Ireland.
He had survived a previous attack, just over two weeks earlier, suffering a bullet-graze to his cheek. On the day of his death, Sydney had just opened up his shop, the Old Wheel Stores on Upper Dunmurry Lane in Belfast, when a man and a woman arrived and opened fire. His wife had been in the back of the shop at the time and was physically unhurt.
Sydney was also a licensed arms dealer, and had dealt with members of the IRA who tried to rob him in 1974; he chased them until they ran into an army road-block and were subsequently convicted.
Sydney, from Belfast, was 50 years old and married with two children.