Ranger William J. Best Age 19.B.Coy 1st Battalion. 21st May 1972. Shot by the OIRA when he was home in Londonderry on leave from Germany. He had left home to make a telephone call and his body was found on waste ground. An OIRA statement said that he had been apprehended in suspicious circumstances, tried by an IRA court , sentenced to death and executed. He was single and off duty when he was abducted and executed. He was the 1st Ranger to be killed.

Ranger Cyril J. Smith QGM. Age 21 B. Coy. 2nd Battalion. 24th October 1990. Killed by a proxy (HUMAN) bomb at a border check point in Newry. A man was told to drive where the soldiers would be and if he did not comply his two sons would be shot. He was to tell the soldiers they had forty minutes to get clear but within seconds of reaching the check point the bomb exploded. Cyril died a hero instead of running to safety he tried to save his colleagues by running to warn them. He was awarded the Queens Gallantry Medal Posthumously. He was single and on duty at the time of his death. He was the 2nd Ranger to be killed.

Ranger C G Mc Loughlin - 1st BN ROYAL IRISH RANGERS Killed on Fire Fighting duties; 6th December 1977 in Manchester while on duty on Oldham Road, Newton Heath, Manchester during the firemen's strike of 1977 (Operation Burberry). The Green Goddess in which he was travelling lost control while on route to a hoax emergency call and overturned into a petrol station.

Ranger H Thompson - 1st BN ROYAL IRISH RANGERS Killed on Fire Fighting duties; 6th December 1977 in Manchester while on duty on Oldham Road, Newton Heath, Manchester during the firemen's strike of 1977 (Operation Burberry). The Green Goddess in which he was travelling lost control while on route to a hoax emergency call and overturned into a petrol station.

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