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 Samuel Trainor Age 40 (Part Time) C. Coy. 20th March 1972. Killed when a 200lb bomb exploded close to Belfast City Centre, 6 other people died. He was married with 2 children and off duty at the time of his death.


Pte Robert McComb Age 22 (Part Time) D. Coy. 23rd July 1972. Abducted by republicans as he walked home after an evening out with his girlfriend in Belfast. His body was found five hours later, His hair had turned grey, he had been tortured. He was single and off duty at the time of his abduction and murder.


Pte Terence Maguire Age 23 (Part Time) Coy Not Known. 14th October 1972. His body was found in an alley, he had been beaten up and shot in the head, He was last seen when he said good night to his girlfriend in Belfast. He was single and off duty at the time of his death.


Pte William L. Kenny Age 28 (Part Time) G. Coy. 16th March 1973. Abducted by the IRA after leaving home to go to Girdwood Park Barracks, His body was found 12 hours later with bullet wounds to his head. He was married with one child and off duty at the time of his abduction and murder.


Cpl John Geddis Age 26 (Part Time) D. Coy. 10th May 1977. Killed in an UVF explosion at a filling station on the Crumlin Road in Belfast, his wife suffered facial injuries. He was married and off duty at the time of his death.


L/Cpl Gerald W. D. Tucker Age 37 (Part Time) D. Coy. 8th June 1977. Shot by the IRA as he left work at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. He was posthumously awarded the Queens Silver Jubilee Medal. He was single and off duty at the time of his death.


Cpl James McFall Age 38 (Part Time) D. Coy. 27th July 1977. Shot by the IRA as he answered a knock at the door of his home in Belfast, gunmen fired through the frosted glass of the door, found by his wife and 15 year old son, He died in his sons arms. He was married with 5 children and off duty at the time of his death.


Cpl Hugh A. Rogers Age 50 (Part Time) B. Coy. 8th September 1977. Shot by the IRA as he left home in Dunmurry for work on the nightshift at a factory, His wife found him lying across the seat of his car. He was married with 5 children and off duty at the time of his death. He was the 77th UDR soldier to be killed.


Sgt Robert L. Batchelor Age 36 (Part Time) A. Coy. 27th November 1978. Shot by the IRA as he got into his car in Belfast, after finishing work. He was hit 8 times and married with 1 child he was off duty at the time of his death.


Pte Alexander Gore Age 23 (Full Time) G. Coy. 6th June 1979. Shot by the IRA at a UDR base on the Malone Road in Belfast, around 40 shots were fired by the gunmen from the back of a truck, 3 other soldiers were injured in the attack. His wife was expecting their first child. He was married and on duty at the time of his death.


Pte Mark A. Stockman Age 20 (Part Time) D. Coy. 29th September 1981. Shot by INLA during his lunch break at work in Belfast, another employee was wounded. The gunman stood over him firing shots into his body after first shooting him in the back. He was single and off duty at the time of his death.


Sgt Ricky Connelly Age 49 (Part Time) F. Coy. 21st October 1981. Shot by the IRA at the door to his home in the grounds of Belfast Zoo. The gunman was dressed as a postman and told him he had a letter for him. He was married with 2 children and off duty at the time of his death.