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



Sgt Denis Taggart Age 33 (Part Time) C. Coy 4th August 1986. Shot dead by the IRA as he got out of his car outside his home in Belfast, his son who was out delivering newspapers found his father lying beside his car. The gunmen continued to fire as Sgt Taggart lay on the ground. He was married with 2 children and off duty at the time of his death. 


Pte Joe McIllwaine Age 20 (Part Time) A. Coy. 12th June 1987. Shot dead by the IRA at his work at a golf club near Dunmurry in Belfast. 3 gunmen fired 12 shots at close range after singling Joe out as he sat with other course workers during his tea break. He was single and off duty at the time of his death. 


Pte G. John Tracey Age 46 (Part Time) C. Coy. 26th June 1987. Shot dead by the IRA in Belfast as he worked on a building site connecting supplies. He only knew that morning what location he would be working in. He was married with six children and off duty at the time of his death.


Pte Steven W. Megrath Aged 20.B.Coy (Full Time) 17th September 1987. Shot dead by the IRA at a relatives house. Two gunmen followed him into the kitchen and opened fire from close range. He and his partner were due to be married soon after. He was single with two children and off duty at the time of his death.


Pte Frederick Starrett Age 22 (Part Time) F. Coy. 24th February 1988. Killed by an IRA booby–trap device as he an a colleague Pte James Cummings also killed were about to close security gates in the city centre of Belfast. The 200lb bomb was detonated by command wire. A second bomb intended for police and soldier’s doing a following up operation, failed to explode, and was defused by A.T.O. He was single and on duty at the time of his death.


Pte James Cummings Age 22 (Part Time) F. Coy 24th February 1988. Same Incident as the above Pte Frederick Starrett. He was single and on duty at the time of his death . He was the 172nd UDR soldier to be killed. 


L/Cpl Roy W. Butler Age 26 (Full Time) B. Coy. 2nd August 1988. Shot dead by the IRA in front of his family at a shopping centre in West Belfast, two gunmen carried out the attack He was married with one child and was off duty at the time of his death.


Pte Brian M. Lawrence Age 34 (Part Time) F. Coy. 17th June 1991. Shot dead by the IRA as he parked his car at his civilian work place at Duncrue Street, Belfast the gunmen fired 12 shots and Brian was hit seven times. The car used in the attack had been hi-jacked and the owners house taken over. He was married and off duty at the time of his death.