Belfast Telegraph

Plaque honours Troubles victims

Two Orangemen murdered during the Troubles have been remembered in a new memorial plaque unveiled in Co Fermanagh.

Ivan Crawford and Andrew Beacom, who were both members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), were killed while on patrol in two separate IRA attacks.

Orange Lodge Grand Master Edward Stevenson, who unveiled the plaque at the Brooke Memorial Orange Hall in Brookeborough, condemned the murders of the men as "senseless acts of barbarity".

"They were both happily married, both were proud fathers of three children and both willingly wore the uniform of their country, despite the constant and ever-lurking threat of terrorism," Mr Stevenson said.

"Both dedicated and courageous members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary at the height of the Troubles, they were callously and brutally murdered in the prime of their lives by IRA terrorists."

Mr Crawford was killed in 1987 and Mr Beacom six years later in 1993.

Their relatives were among those paying their respects at the remembrance event, which was organised by the Brookeborough district lodge.

The Grand Master told them he would continue standing up for the rights and entitlements of innocent victims.

Mr Crawford, 49, was a mechanic and reserve constable with the RUC.

He was killed in 1987 when an IRA bomb hidden in a telegraph pole exploded while he was on patrol in Enniskillen.

Mr Beacom was shot dead during patrol in an unmarked car in Fivemiletown in 1993.

Reserve constable Ernest Smith was shot and killed alongside him in the attack. He too was an Orangeman.

"We owe it to the memory of brothers Crawford, Beacom and Smith - and the 334 other murdered brethren - whose selfless sacrifice must never be forgotten," Mr Stevenson added.


From Belfast Telegraph