Gary Desmond Martin

Died =>27 April 1981

Force => Royal Ulster Constabulary

Rank =>Constable

Age =>28

Cause =>Homicide - Bomb

Duty Status =>On Duty

Killed at 2:50pm when a terrorist bomb exploded in a lorry that had been abandoned and was obstructing the thoroughfare near the junction of Glen Road and Shaw’s Road in Andersontown, Belfast. Constable Martin and his colleagues diverted traffic from the area before inspecting and moving the lorry. An inspector had checked the cab but didn’t find anything. Constable Martin then volunteered to drive it away and as he was getting into the lorry he put his hand on the seat and the lorry exploded. A mercury-tilt switch had been placed under the seat which detonated the bomb.