Thursday 4 April 2019


The Provisional IRA murdered an RUC reservist at Glenbank Industrial Estate in north Belfast.  Reserve Constable Bernard Montgomery had been employed there part time by his brother.  Two IRA gunmen walked into the office and spoke to the victim briefly before shooting him several times in the back as he turned away.  A 63-year-old colleague was also struck by a bullet, but survived.  The murder was witnessed by R/Con Montgomery's grandfather who was also in the office at the time.  The terrorists escaped in a taxi that had been hijacked in the Ardoyne area, where it was also found abandoned later that day.

R/Con Montgomery was 33 and came from Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, where he had lived with his wife and four-year-old son.  He had been working for his brother while waiting to join the full time RUC reserve just a few weeks later.  He had been a part-time reservist for just over a year.  R/Con Montgomery was buried in a Presbyterian service at Ballyclare, Co Antrim.

The entrance to Glenbank Ind Est as it looks today