Today we remember Captain Gordon Hanna, 3rd Battalion, Ulster Defence Regiment, killed by IRA terrorists on the 29th November 1985.
Captain Hanna was a 46-year-old father of 4 from Kilkeel, Co Down. He was an electrician as well as a member of the Ulster Defence Regiment. As an electrician he was working at an RAF base near Downpatrick.
The IRA planted a bomb beneath his car and as he drove away from his home on Harbour Drive, Kilkeel, the bomb exploded.
The explosion occurred at 12:15AM after he had driven only 50 yards from his family home. A neighbour said: "Gordon waved to me as he was passing and a few seconds later I heard a bang.
One of Captain Hanna's colleagues who arrived at the scene said that Captain Hanna had volunteered at the local fire service for 26 years. He said: "I saw a person whom I knew to be Gordon, a personal friend of mine, lying in the rear of the car. He appeared to be badly injured.
Assisted by other civilians, I released Gordon via the rear offside door which had been stuck. At this stage the fire brigade had not been called. The ambulance arrived and took him to hospital. I knew him from childhood to manhood, we were pals, it was a terrible shock". Captain Hanna was still alive when an ambulance arrived but died on the way to the Mourne District Hospital.
Today we remember him.
“𝔊𝔯𝔢𝔞𝔱𝔢𝔯 𝔩𝔬𝔳𝔢 𝔥𝔞𝔱𝔥 𝔫𝔬 𝔪𝔞𝔫 𝔱𝔥𝔞𝔫 𝔱𝔥𝔦𝔰, 𝔱𝔥𝔞𝔱 𝔞 𝔪𝔞𝔫 𝔩𝔞𝔶 𝔡𝔬𝔴𝔫 𝔥𝔦𝔰 𝔩𝔦𝔣𝔢 𝔣𝔬𝔯 𝔥𝔦𝔰 𝔣𝔯𝔦𝔢𝔫𝔡𝔰”
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**Hi, Fellow Hanna’s, In case you missed it the last time, our feature documentary film, Sunken Roads, featuring my Grandfather, Parker Davie Hanna Jr, Distinguished Service Cross recipient, is having a Virtual Cinema Release Dec 18-25! Please follow the link and join us! www.facebook.com/events/384673549537659** ... See MoreSee Less
Buck’s birthday was actually yesterday. We were not able to leave town as planned due to him getting sick and Covid.
A thank you to all my many Hanna kin who sent my husband Buck birthday cards and messages for his 85th birthday...he was astounded at getting cards from folks from Ireland and Scotland, as well as all over the US that he’s never met, but are my family!!
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