50 Years Ago – 11 March 1971

11 March 1971

The Ministry of Defence confirmed that three Scottish soldiers had been murdered at the top end of Crumlin Road in Belfast. It was later confirmed that the three were John McCaig, Joseph McCaig and Dougald McCaughey, who had been off-duty at the time and had been lured out of a pub. John McCaig was aged just 17 and the British Government changed its policy following the murders, so that only those aged 18 or over could be on operations.

Vic Feather, the TUC General Secretary, warned before a meeting with Ted Heath (in main image above), the Prime Minister, that there could be the worst wave of strikes since 1926 unless the Government changed their policies on industrial relations.