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The Museum of Free Derry

The Museum of Free Derry

One of the victims remembered in the display

One of the victims remembered in the display

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The Museum of Free Derry

A number of relatives of Bloody Sunday victims have been challenged after they demanded the names of murdered police officers and soldiers be removed from a Londonderry museum.

Kate Nash (67) says she is "disgusted" that the names of dead British soldiers are included in an exhibition at the newly opened museum, just yards from where her brother was shot by paratroopers.

But DUP politician Jeffrey Donaldson - whose police officer cousin Samuel was murdered in an IRA bomb - has queried why should the grief of his family be considered less than others.

The names of everyone killed in the conflict in Derry from 1969 to 1972 - IRA, civilians, British Army and police - flash up on a screen at the Bogside Museum, owned by the Bloody Sunday Trust.

Just a small number of the names are soldiers or police officers, including David Montgomery (20), an RUC officer who was shot dead along with his colleague Peter Gilgunn (26) as they drove along the Creggan Road in January 27, 1972 and Richard Ham (20), a soldier with the Royal Artillery who was shot dead while on foot patrol on the Foyle Road.

The Museum of Free Derry says it is "totally unrepentant" about including those names.

But Ms Nash (67), whose 19-year-old brother William was among those shot dead on Bloody Sunday, has called on the museum to remove them immediately.

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Kate and her sister Linda gathered over 1,000 names on a petition to have the exhibition removed and yesterday delivered the signatures to the museum alongside Liam Wray, whose brother Jim was also killed on Bloody Sunday and Michael Bridge who was wounded on the day. She says there are protests planned over the coming days at the museum site.

"I really don't like the idea that military and police, members of organisations that have been responsible for state killings, are remembered in a museum which holds personal artefacts and tells the story of the 14 innocent people who were murdered on the streets just outside it," she said.

"It disgusts me that they are remembering British soldiers and police officers when my brother was murdered by British soldiers right outside their front door. I would ask the Bloody Sunday Trust to take these names down."

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The annual Bloody Sunday Commemoration march which this year marks the 45th anniversary of the civil rights march on the 30th of January 1972, makes its way through the Brandywell in Derry. 
Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.01.17

The annual Bloody Sunday Commemoration march which this year marks the 45th anniversary of the civil rights march on the 30th of January 1972, makes its way through the Brandywell in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.01.17

Relatives at the service Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.
Photo Lorcan Doherty/Presseye.com

Relatives at the service Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Photo Lorcan Doherty/Presseye.com

Lorcan Doherty

The annual Bloody Sunday Commemoration march which this year marks the 45th anniversary of the civil rights march on the 30th of January 1972, makes its way through the Brandywell in Derry. 
Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.01.17

The annual Bloody Sunday Commemoration march which this year marks the 45th anniversary of the civil rights march on the 30th of January 1972, makes its way through the Brandywell in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.01.17

The annual Bloody Sunday Commemoration march which this year marks the 45th anniversary of the civil rights march on the 30th of January 1972, makes its way through the Brandywell in Derry. 
Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.01.17

The annual Bloody Sunday Commemoration march which this year marks the 45th anniversary of the civil rights march on the 30th of January 1972, makes its way through the Brandywell in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.01.17

Rev Canon David Jennings at Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.
Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Rev Canon David Jennings at Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Lorcan Doherty

Rev David Latimer, First Derry Presbyterian Church at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.
Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Rev David Latimer, First Derry Presbyterian Church at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Lorcan Doherty

The Most Rev. Dr. Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.
Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

The Most Rev. Dr. Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Lorcan Doherty

Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.
Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Lorcan Doherty

Former British and European lightweight boxing champion, Charlie Nash, brother of William Nash who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Former British and European lightweight boxing champion, Charlie Nash, brother of William Nash who was killed on Bloody Sunday. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Lorcan Doherty

Martin McGuinness at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.
Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Martin McGuinness at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Lorcan Doherty

Relatives at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.
Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Relatives at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Lorcan Doherty

Relatives laying wreaths at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.
Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Relatives laying wreaths at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Lorcan Doherty

Relatives at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.
Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Relatives at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Lorcan Doherty

Martina Anderson, MAP, Mark Durkan, MP, and Martin McGuinness at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry..
Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Martina Anderson, MAP, Mark Durkan, MP, and Martin McGuinness at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Lorcan Doherty

Relatives laying wreaths at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.
Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Relatives laying wreaths at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Lorcan Doherty

Relatives at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry.
Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Relatives at the Bloody Sunday Memorial Service at the Bloody Sunday Monument, Derry. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Lorcan Doherty

Rev David Latimer, First Derry Presbyterian Church and Martin McGuinness.
Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Rev David Latimer, First Derry Presbyterian Church and Martin McGuinness. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Lorcan Doherty

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood, Martina Anderson, MEP, and Martin McGuinness..
Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood, Martina Anderson, MEP, and Martin McGuinness.. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Lorcan Doherty

The Deputy Mayor of Derry, Councillor Jim McKeever and SDLP leader Colum Eastwood.
Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

The Deputy Mayor of Derry, Councillor Jim McKeever and SDLP leader Colum Eastwood. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

Lorcan Doherty

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The annual Bloody Sunday Commemoration march which this year marks the 45th anniversary of the civil rights march on the 30th of January 1972, makes its way through the Brandywell in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.01.17

Mr Donaldson told the Belfast Telegraph of his disappointment at the petition.

"In the past I have had discussions on air with representatives of the Bloody Sunday victims who have said they represent all victims of the Troubles," he said. "Yet here we have a very clear creation of a hierarchy of victims. Those who were soldiers and police officers should not be removed from the record in what is a publicly funded museum. If it should happen then questions will have to be asked of the museum. Do they think the grief and pain of the families of police officers and soldiers killed is any less."

Meanwhile Jane Hunter, whose husband Lance Corporal Stephen Burrows was killed in the 1990 Coshquin bomb after the IRA strapped civilian Patsy Gillespie into a van packed with explosives and forced him to drive to a British Army checkpoint, also queried the demand.

She said in the interests of peace, all victims should rightly be remembered together.

"There are individuals who I personally could never forgive, but in terms of history it is right that everyone should be remembered. I can understand where the Bloody Sunday families are coming from, and I think if Stephen's name was alongside the people who killed him I wouldn't like it. But when does it stop? A what point do we say we have to move forward," she said.

In a statement put on on their Facebook page last week, the museum defended their actions, saying that the display has been part of an exhibition since it opened in 2007 and claimed that during that time 'no one has raised any concerns about it'.

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Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Paddy Doherty, who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Paddy Doherty, who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

30th January 1972: An armed soldier and a protestor on Bloody Sunday when British Paratroopers shot dead 13 civilians on a civil rights march.

30th January 1972: An armed soldier and a protestor on Bloody Sunday when British Paratroopers shot dead 13 civilians on a civil rights march.

Frederick Hoare

A young Fr Edward Daly carries a blood-soaked hankie as he leads a group of men trying desperately to carry John 'Jackie' Duddy to safety. Duddy (17) was the first fatality of Bloody Sunday after being shot from behind by paratroopers

A young Fr Edward Daly carries a blood-soaked hankie as he leads a group of men trying desperately to carry John 'Jackie' Duddy to safety. Duddy (17) was the first fatality of Bloody Sunday after being shot from behind by paratroopers

A young Fr Edward Daly carries a blood-soaked hankie as he leads a group of men trying desperately to carry John 'Jackie' Duddy to safety. Duddy (17) was the first fatality of Bloody Sunday after being shot from behind by paratroopers

A young Fr Edward Daly carries a blood-soaked hankie as he leads a group of men trying desperately to carry John 'Jackie' Duddy to safety. Duddy (17) was the first fatality of Bloody Sunday after being shot from behind by paratroopers

Bloody Sunday

Bloody Sunday

A scene showing a British paratrooper near Glenfada Park in Derry where Bloody Sunday took place.

A scene showing a British paratrooper near Glenfada Park in Derry where Bloody Sunday took place.

Hugh Gilmore (third left) seen clutching his stomach as he is shot during Bloody Sunday.

Hugh Gilmore (third left) seen clutching his stomach as he is shot during Bloody Sunday.

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William McKinney, killed on Bloody Sunday.

William McKinney, killed on Bloody Sunday.

Lt Col Derek Wilford, the former commander of the members of the Parachute Regiment involved in the Bloody Sunday shootings

Lt Col Derek Wilford, the former commander of the members of the Parachute Regiment involved in the Bloody Sunday shootings

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A protest parade in was staged in Londonderry in January to mark the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday

A protest parade in was staged in Londonderry in January to mark the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday

Hugh Gilmore who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Hugh Gilmore who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Bloody Sunday Trust

Michael McDaid who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Michael McDaid who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Bloody Sunday Trust

Bloody Sunday:  Up to 20 soldiers still face being formally questioned by police for alleged murder, attempted murder or criminal injury during the notorious incident

Bloody Sunday: Up to 20 soldiers still face being formally questioned by police for alleged murder, attempted murder or criminal injury during the notorious incident

Fred Hoare

Soldiers taking cover behind their sandbagged armoured cars during  Bloody Sunday

Soldiers taking cover behind their sandbagged armoured cars during Bloody Sunday

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Lord Chief Justice, Lord Widgery in his room at the Old Bailey as he looks through his report on the "Bloody Sunday" shootings

Lord Chief Justice, Lord Widgery in his room at the Old Bailey as he looks through his report on the "Bloody Sunday" shootings

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Jim Wray who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Jim Wray who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Bloody Sunday Trust

John Young who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

John Young who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Bloody Sunday Trust

William McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

William McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Bloody Sunday Trust

Kevin McElhinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Kevin McElhinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Bloody Sunday Trust

Gerard McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Gerard McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Bloody Sunday Trust

Gerald Donaghey who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Gerald Donaghey who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Bloody Sunday Trust

Alana Burke who was eighteen when she was run over by an armoured personnel carrier on Bloody Sunday.

Alana Burke who was eighteen when she was run over by an armoured personnel carrier on Bloody Sunday.

Bloody Sunday. January 1972

Bloody Sunday. January 1972

Patrick Doherty who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Patrick Doherty who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Bloody Sunday Trust

Bloody Sunday. Funeral. Mrs Ita McKinney, 9 months pregnant cries behind the hearse carrying her husband James from St Mary's, Creggan.  2/2/1972.

Bloody Sunday. Funeral. Mrs Ita McKinney, 9 months pregnant cries behind the hearse carrying her husband James from St Mary's, Creggan. 2/2/1972.

Michael Kelly  who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Michael Kelly who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

A man receiving attention during the shooting incident in Londonderry, which became known as Bloody Sunday

A man receiving attention during the shooting incident in Londonderry, which became known as Bloody Sunday

Bloody Sunday.   30/1/1972

Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972

Bloody Sunday.   30/1/1972

Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972

Bloody Sunday.   30/1/1972

Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972

JAMES WRAY IN HIS HOME IN THE BOGSIDE DERRY HOLDING THE COAT WITH BULLIET HOLES IN THAT  HIS SON ALSO CALLED JAMES WRAY WAS KILLED ON BLOODY SUNDAY

JAMES WRAY IN HIS HOME IN THE BOGSIDE DERRY HOLDING THE COAT WITH BULLIET HOLES IN THAT HIS SON ALSO CALLED JAMES WRAY WAS KILLED ON BLOODY SUNDAY

The start of a grim day in Derry. Civil Rights marchers make their way through Creggan.  They defied a Government ban and headed for Guildhall Square, but were stopped by the Army in William Street.  31/1/1972

The start of a grim day in Derry. Civil Rights marchers make their way through Creggan. They defied a Government ban and headed for Guildhall Square, but were stopped by the Army in William Street. 31/1/1972

Bloody Sunday 1972

Bloody Sunday 1972

Linda Nash carries flowers with the number 14 inscribed during yesterdays annual Bloody Sunday Parade in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12

Linda Nash carries flowers with the number 14 inscribed during yesterdays annual Bloody Sunday Parade in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12

Martin McKeown

A memorial to those killed on Bloody Sunday in the Bogside area of Derry

A memorial to those killed on Bloody Sunday in the Bogside area of Derry

The memorial to the 14 people who died on Bloody Sunday in Derry rises from among the sea of umbrellas as all the families came together in an ecumenical service. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights mark.The service included contributions from Father Michael Canny and Reverend David Latimer, left.  Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12

The memorial to the 14 people who died on Bloody Sunday in Derry rises from among the sea of umbrellas as all the families came together in an ecumenical service. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights mark.The service included contributions from Father Michael Canny and Reverend David Latimer, left. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12

Martin McKeown

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Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Bloody Sunday Trust Chairman, Robin Percival told this newspaper: "In part of the Museum there is an exhibition which lists everybody who was killed in certain period of time during the Troubles. There are no tributes to anybody, but it includes civilians, IRA, RUC and British Army. It's part of an exhibition that gives people an idea of what was happening at that time. It's just a list of names, that's all it is, and we would entirely defend that. We are totally unrepentant in doing this."


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