The funeral was held on Sunday (7 Jan) of an officer in Northern Ireland's part-time soldiery, who was shot dead at his home on Thursday night.
LV Funeral cortege behind hearse
SV Flag-draped coffin carried in (2 shots)
SV Guard of honour (2 shots)
SV House and trees
SV Guard fires salute
"A thousand people came to mourn near Londonderry. They included the dead man's brother, a Chief Superintendent in the police force, as well as friends, neighbours and senior UDR officers. They heard an appeal at the funeral service for all reasonable men of any political state of opinion to try to bring the killing to an end. Captain Hood was a farmer and a part-time soldier... the 29th UDR man to be killed since the troubles began. He'd been shot by an assassin lying in wait for him at night outside his house. Soldiers from the company of which he'd been second in command fired the graveside volley."
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Background: The funeral was held on Sunday (7 Jan) of an officer in Northern Ireland's part-time soldiery, who was shot dead at his home on Thursday night.
He was Captain james Hood of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) and he was shot as he answered a knock on his door.
Captain Hood, a Protestant, was married with two sons...one a policeman and the other a soldier in the U.D.R.
He was murdered only hours after a leading Protestant militant had warned that his followers would forcibly stop sectarian killings. Tommy Harron, second in command of the Ulster Defence Association, a paramilitary group, added: "after three and a half years of one-sided bombing and shooting, there is now a group of Protestants who think they can achieve their ends by adopting the same tactics." He said the U.D.A. had built up a dossier on 120 sectarian assassinations, and added that orders had been issued to every one of his unit commanders to spread the word that the association was forcibly against these murders.
SYNOPSIS: In Northern Ireland on Sunday, about a thousand people attended the funeral of a part-time soldier shot dead at his home in County Londonderry.
He was Captain James Hood of the Ulster Defence Regiment and he was killed by an unknown assailant when he went to answer a knock on his door.
Captain Hood was the twenty-ninth member of the Regiment to be killed since the troubles began
Soldiers from the company of which he had been second in command, fired the graveside volley.