William Edward Magill



20 February 1983






Reserve Constable



Royal Ulster Constabulary



Homicide - Shot

Duty Status


On Duty

Roll of Honour Citation

Fatally shot by terrorist gunmen as he went to a shop on duty in Warrenpoint, Co Down.

At lunchtime Reserve Constable Magill was walking to a shop in the town square near the RUC Station in Warrenpoint, Co Down.


As he reached the shop and was entering terrorists ran towards him and automatic gunfire burst out striking Constable Magill 13 times and narrowly missing a number of children outside the shop.


A grenade was thrown at the RUC station, it exploded smashing  some windows and caused damage to a nearby house. The terrorists ran off to a waiting car and fled.


The local chemist ran out and went to the aid of the R/Con Magill and he was rushed to Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry but was pronounced dead on arrival.


From Belfast he had less than three years service with the RUC. Survived by his mother and father.


Following a service in the Shankill Baptist Church he was laid to rest in Roselawn Cemetry.