Ulster Defence Regiment

This page is dedicated to those who paid the ultimate price in the name of their country during the bloodiest thirty-odd years of domestic British history.


The UDR Soldier As poppy petal gently fall Remember us who gave our all Not in the mud of foreign lands Nor buried in the desert sands. In Ulster field and farm and town, Fermanagh's lanes and drumlin'd Down We died that violent death should cease And Ulstermen might live in peace. We did not serve because we hate Nor bitterness our hearts dictate. But we were they who must aspire To quench the flame of terror's fire. Grieve not for us, but this we ask, Let others yet take up the task. © John Potter


Pte Thomas Callaghan Age 49 (Part Time0 D. Coy. 16th February 1972. His body was found on the Creggan – Foyle Road, hooded gagged and shot by the IRA , 3 hours after he was dragged from the bus he was driving. He was married and off duty at the time of his death.


Captain Marcus McCausland Age 39 (Part Time) D. Coy 4th March 1971. Abducted from his car, Interrogated and shot by the OIRA. His hooded body was found near the Donnegal border, He had previous experience with the Irish Guards and was the first UDR officer to be killed. He was married with 3 children and was off duty when he was abducted and killed.


Pte Samuel Porter Age 30 (Part Time) G. Coy. 22nd November 1972. Shot and killed by the IRA as he arrived home after doing a duty.  The killers had first poisoned his Alsatian dog. He had survived a previous attack.  He was married with 2 children and was off duty at the time of his death.


Pte George E. Hamilton Age 30 (Part Time) C. Coy. 20th December 1972. Shot by a sniper as he was repairing a fault at a reservoir near Culmore. He died two hours later in hospital. He was married with one child and was off duty at the time off his death.


Captain James Hood Age 48 (Part Time) C. Coy 4th January 1973. Shot as he entered his home after coming off duty by gunmen who were lying in wait in his garden .The killing was witnessed by his son. He was married with three children and was off duty at the time of his death.


Sgt David C. Deacon Age 38 (Full time) HQ. Coy. 3rd March 1973. His hooded body was found near Londonderry, his hands were tied behind his back, and he had been tortured, He had previous service in the Royal Navy. He was married with four children and was off duty at the time of his abduction and death.


Cpl John Conley Age 43 (Part Time) E. Coy 23rd July 1974. Killed by an IRA bomb at Bridge Street in Garvagh, The car bomb exploded as he was helping to evacuate the centre of the Town. He was married with three children, and was on duty at the time of his death.


Pte Robert Stott Age 22 (Part Time) B. Coy 25th November 1975. Shot on the way home from work. His brother heard the shots and went to the door to find him lying on the pavement, He had been shot ten times. (His grandfather died on the same day in the First World War 25th November 1917) . He was single and off duty at the time of his death.


Pte John Arrell Age 32 (Part Time) F. Coy. 22nd January 1976. He was driving the Firms mini bus from his work in Ballymena to his home when two gunmen boarded the bus, they asked for him by name then shot him, He died of multiple wounds. He was married and off duty at the time of his death.


Pte Jack McCutcheon Age 48 (Part Time) F. Coy. 1st April 1976. His body was found four hours after he was shot, by the IRA at the cement works were he worked, his nephew was killed by the IRA later in 1989. He was married with four children, and was off duty at the time of his death.


S/Sgt Bobby H.Lennox Age 61 (Part Time) F. Coy 2nd April 1976. Bobby was a postman and was ambushed as he delivered mail to an isolated cottage at Knockloughrim. Twenty shots were fired at him. He was married with five children and off duty at the time of his death.


Pte Robert J.Scott Age 26 (Part Time) F. Coy. 30th July 1976. Killed by an IRA booby-trap at the family farm. The bomb was triggered when he opened a gate to drive his tractor through. He was single and off duty at the time of his death.


Captain W. Ronnie Bond Age 53 (Part Time) B. Coy. 7th November 1976. Shot by the IRA on the 28th October outside his home in Londonderry after arriving home from work, He had previous service with the Royal Navy, He was married and off duty at the time of his death.


L/Cpl Jimmy Speers Age 46 (Part Time) G. Coy 9th November 1976. Shot by the IRA in the garage he owned in Desertmartin. Three men drove in and asked him to look at a leaking radiator, Then Killed him. He was married with three children and off duty at the time of his death.


L/Cpl Winston C. McCaughey Age 34 (Full Time) E. Coy. 11th November 1976. Shot by the IRA as he stood by his car outside his home at Kilrea. His eight year old son stopped a passing car for help but his father was dead on arrival at the hospital. He was married with two children and off duty at the time of his death.


Major J. Peter Hill Age 43 (Part Time0 B. Coy. 23rd February 1977. Shot by IRA gunmen as he returned home from his civilian work in Londonderry. He was the 68th UDR soldier and 7th Officer to be killed. He was married with three children and off duty at the time of his death.


Pte David McQuillan Age 36 (Part Time) F. Coy. 15th March 1977. Shot by IRA gunmen at Bellaghy, as he waited for a lift to work. His fourteen year old son witnessed the killing. He had survived a previous attempt on his life. He was married with three children and off duty at the time of his death.


L/Cpl Gerald C. Cloete Age 46 (Part Time0 B. Coy. 6th April 1977. Shot by the IRA as he drove to work on the evening shift at a factory in Londonderry. The gunmen crashed into his car and shot him as he tried to get out. He had previously served in the Royal Navy.  He was married with five children and off duty at the time of his death.


Lt Walter Kerr Age 34 (Part Time) F. Coy. 2nd November 1977 Fatally Injured by an IRA booby-trap bomb under his car on the 27th October 1977. Twelve soldiers from the Royal tank Regiment donated blood Immediately, to help the injured soldier. Fifty other soldiers donated blood later, many of them staying at the hospital lest further donations were needed. He was married with 2 children and off duty at the time of the explosion.


Cpl William J. Gordon Age 41 (Part Time) G. Coy. 8th February 1978. Killed instantly with his ten year old daughter when an IRA booby–trap bomb exploded under his car. His seven year old son was badly injured in the explosion. He was married with three children and off duty at the time of his and daughters deaths.


L/Cpl Samuel D. Montgomery Age 27 (Part Time) C. Coy. 10th February 1981. Shot by the IRA at his place of work in a timber yard in Londonderry. He was the 109th UDR soldier to be killed. He was single and off duty at the time of his death.


Pte T. Alan Ritchie Age 28 (Part Time) F. Coy. 25th May 1981. Killed in an IRA ambush at Gulladuff near Bellaghy while on mobile patrol. He was single and on duty at the time of his death.


Pte Allen Clarke Age 20 (Part Time) A. Coy. 12th September 1981. Shot by the IRA as he walked through Maghera. His close friend a RUC reservist, carried his coffin at the funeral and then he himself was shot dead in an IRA attack a few hours later.  He was single and off duty at the time of his death.


L/Cpl Brownie V. McKeown Age 40 (Part Time) A. Coy. 17th December 1983. Shot by the IRA in front of his 13 year old son as they sat in their car after leaving a supermarket in Maghera where he worked, The boy who was helping his father was injured in the attack and despite years of psychiatric treatment has never fully recovered. He was married with 2 children and off duty at the time of his death.


Sgt Bobby F. Boyd Age 55 (Full Time) HQ. Coy 18th November 1985. Shot by the IRA as he walked towards his front door. Two gunmen fired a total of 18 rounds at him. he died in the ambulance. He was the 150th UDR soldier to be killed. He was married with four children and off duty at the time of his death.


Sgt Tommy A. Jamison Age 40 (Part Time) A. Coy. 8th March 1990. Ambushed and shot by the IRA at Castlecaulfield as he drove his cement mixer. Three gunmen threw a grenade at the lorry before firing thirty shots from a field overlooking the road.  He was the third employee from his firm to be murdered by the IRA. He was married with three children and off duty at the time of his death.


Pte Mickey Boxall Age 27 (Full Time) C. Coy 6th November 1991. Killed by an IRA mortar attack on the mobile patrol in he was on in Bellaghy, he died shortly afterwards in hospital. He was single and on duty at the time of his death.