On May 25th 1971 Sergeant Michael Willetts used his body to shield a man, a woman and two children from a bomb thrown by a member of the IRA. Thanks to his bravery, Willetts was the only fatal casualty of the bomb attack. As he was being removed by ambulance, he and a number of injured policemen were jeered by local youths who screamed obscenities at them. He was posthumously awarded the George Cross.
“I have more troubles than I can count. My sins are all around me, and I can’t find my way. My sins outnumber the hairs on my head, and I feel weak. Please show that you care and rescue me. Hurry and help me!”
Northern Ireland, Belfast - 1981. Children play and walk past a Catholic political wall painting during the Troubles. It likens the H block at Long Kesh prison, as being similar to a Nazi concentration camp.
On this day in 1971 the Provisional IRA shot dead three unarmed British Army soldiers of the 1st Battalion, Royal Highland Fusiliers. Two of the three were teenage brothers; all three were from Scotland. They were killed off-duty and in civilian clothes having been lured from a city-centre bar in Belfast, Northern Ireland, driven to a remote location and shot whilst relieving themselves by the roadside. The deaths led to public mourning and protests against the Provisional IRA.
The three Scottish soldiers were John McCaig, Dougald McCaughey, and Joseph McCaig.