4th August – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

4th  August

Key Events & Deaths on this day in Northern Ireland Troubles

Friday 4 August 1972


 Public Records 1972 – Released 1 January 2003:

Note from R.T. Armstrong, then with the Prime Minister’s office, to T.C. Platt, then with the Northern Ireland Office (NIO).

The note shows that Edward Heath, then Prime Minister, was highly sensitive to the issue of  interrogation of prisoners by the security forces.

Thursday 4 August 1988

     

William Hassard &  Frederick Love

Two Protestant building workers, were killed by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in Belleek, County Fermanagh. The two workers had been carrying out repairs at Belleek police station.

Tuesday 4 August 1998

Dissident Republicans carried out an attack on a police patrol outside an Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) station in Lurgan, County Armagh.

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Remembering all innocent victims of the Troubles

Today is the anniversary of the death of the following people killed as a results of the conflict in Northern Ireland

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die

– Thomas Campbell

To the innocent on the list – Your memory will live forever

– To the Paramilitaries –

There are many things worth living for, a few things worth dying for, but nothing worth killing for.

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  5 People lost their lives on the 4th  of August between 1972  – 1988

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 04 August 1972

David Card,  (21) nfNI Status: British Army (BA),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)

Shot while on British Army (BA) foot patrol, Commedagh Drive, Andersonstown, Belfast.

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 04 August 1977

John McCartan,  (55)

Catholic

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: British Army (BA)

Manager of Andersonstown Social Club. Shot as he was leaving the club premises, off South Link, Andersonstown, Belfast.

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 04 August 1986

Denis Taggart,  (33)

Protestant

Status: Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)

Off duty. Shot outside his home, Battenberg Street, Shankill, Belfast.

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 04 August 1988

William Hassard,  (59)

Protestant

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)

Shot shortly after driving out of Belleek Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) / British Army (BA) base, County Fermanagh. Contractor to British Army (BA) / Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC).

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 04 August 1988

Frederick Love,   (64)

Protestant

Status: Civilian (Civ),

Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)

Shot shortly after driving out of Belleek Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) / British Army (BA) base, County Fermanagh. Employed by contractor to British Army (BA) / Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC).

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2 thoughts on “4th August – Deaths & Events in Northern Ireland Troubles

  1. It was a very very sad day when two workmen where gunned down Frederick love who was a very close uncle of mine also William hassard a relative of Fred as he was called two men went to school and grew up together and shot together and buried same church killed doing the job they loved and deciated to do still sadly missed and always remembered forever in my thoughts Fred niece Kathleen love.

    1. Hi Kathleen ,

      Thanks for your comments and its great that your uncle and William’s memory live on through you and all their family and friends. Sadly far too many innocent people died as a result of the “Troubles ” and through my blog I try and make sure that people don’t forget the innocent victims and commemorate the anniversary of their senseless murders. Thankfully the darkest days of the “Troubles” are behind us and the children of Northern Ireland today don’t have to live through the madness that people of my generation witnessed .

      Regards
      John

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