Commanding Officer’s obituary.
Sergeant Maughan,who was tragically murdered along with Constable Norman Prue on Sunday 6th May 1979 in Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh whilst carrying out his duty as a Link Intelligence NCO with the Royal Ulster Constabulary, was a shining example of all that is good in the modern soldier. He was fearless and grimly determined to carry out the difficult, often extremely dangerous duties he had to perform, for which he always willingly volunteered.
He joined the regiment after service in the Royal Navy and when the regiment went to Ulster, he realised that intelligence duties were his metier. In all he had spent over six years in the province, during which time he became an invaluable expert, sadly undoubtedly the reason why he was murdered. l, in common with other commanders for whom he worked and whom he briefed, put great store by his views, his opinions and his assessment; many a successful operation owes its success to the painstaking and careful work he did. In 1977 he was Mentioned-ln-Despatches for his outstanding performance.
Along with his family, fiancée and friends, all whom have our heart felt sympathy, we all mourn a gallant son, friend and soldier. Tragically the IRA have rid themselves of a formidable foe; he died in action doing his duty, the most honourable death for any man, in particular a soldier of the Queen. HWKP
Those who served with Sgt Maughan will never forget him and his courageous efforts to secure peace in Northern Ireland.”