Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1977, Corporal James McFall, 10th Battalion, the Ulster Defence Regiment, was killed in Northern Ireland.
A part-time member of the regiment, he also worked as a postman in Belfast. On the day of his death he had not long returned home from his round when there was a knock at the door. Before he could answer, two gunmen fired through the frosted glass pane in the door - he died shortly afterwards witnessed by his wife and two of his children. It was remarked upon later that it could well have been his teenage son who approached the door, indistinguishable because of the frosted glass. No-one was every brought to justice for Corporal McFall’s murder.
He lies buried in the Carnmoney Cemetery in Newtownabbey, Country Antrim. From Belfast, James was 38 years old and married with five children.