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



L/Cpl Joe Jardine Age 43 (Part Time) C. Coy 8th March 1972. Worked for the Ministry of Agriculture and was checking cattle being imported into Northern Ireland at Mioddletown when IRA gunmen opened fire on him. One gunman fired 23 rounds at him hitting him 16 times. He was married with 2 children, was off duty at time of his death.


Cpl Jim D. Elliott Age 36 (Part Time) C. Coy. 19th April 1972. Abducted by the IRA near the border in South Armagh He was murdered then placed in the middle of a minefield of claymore devices, A 500lb bomb was also set to go off ,when his body was moved. He was married with 3 children, was off duty at the time of his abduction.


C/Sgt John Ruddy Age 50 (Part Time) C. Coy. 10th October 1972. Shot by the IRA as he left home to walk to his office in Newry. His wife witnessed his death. He was married with 9 children. Was off duty at the time of his death.


Pte John McCready Age 34 (Full Time) C. Coy 17th November 1974. He was shot by the IRA whilst on duty in Newry, He died 2 hours later in hospital, he was due to be married in less than a month. He was single, on duty at the time of his death.


Cpl Cecil Grills Age 56 (Part Time) C. Coy 12th January 1978. Shot dead by the IRA as he drove home from his civilian work, He had survived two previous attacks. He was married with 2 children. Was off duty at the time of his death.


Pte Jim Cochrane Age 21 (Full Time) D. Coy 6th January 1980. One of three soldiers on mobile patrol who were killed by an IRA bomb near Castlewellen. The bomb contained one ton of explosive, and was triggered by a command wire from a derelict house, four other soldiers were injured. The explosion left a crater 13 feet deep and 30 feet across, Pte Richard Wilson and Pte Roy Smith were the other soldiers killed. He was single and on duty at the time of his death.


Pte Richard Smith Age 18 (Full Time) D. Coy 6th January 1980 (Same as above Incident) He was single and on duty at the time of his death.


Pte Ricky Wilson Age 21 (Full Time) D. Coy 6th January 1980 (Same as above Incident) He was single and on duty at the time of his death.


Pte Colin H. Quinn Age 19 (Part Time) A. Coy 10th December 1980. Shot by INLA as he left his work in a printing firm in Belfast, His brother witnessed the killing. He was single and not on duty at the time of his death.


Major W.E. Ivan Toombs Age 42 (Part Time) C. Coy 16th January 1981. Shot by the IRA at a Customs Post in Warren Point were he worked major Toombs grappled with one of the gunmen and would have overcome him but the second gunmen then entered and shot the gallant officer. He had survived a gun attack in 1977. He was married with 5 children and was not on duty at the time of his death.


L/Cpl Richard W.J. McKee Age 27 (Full Time) C. Coy 28th April 1981. Shot by the IRA as he travelled in a military civilianised van with two other soldiers at Kilcoo, one of the other soldiers was seriously wounded in the attack. He was single and on duty at the time of his death.


Captain Gordon Hanna Age 46 (Part Time) B. Coy 29th November 1985. Killed when an IRA bomb exploded under his car in Kilkeel, as he drove away from his home, he died in the ambulance on the way to hospital, His son would normally have been in the car with him. He was married with 4 children, was off duty the time of his death.


Cpl D. Brian Brown Age 37 (Full Time) D. Coy 28th May 1986. Killed by an IRA bomb along with his dog as he and his search dog made a second search of a petrol station after a bomb warning. A colleague was badly injured. He had been a dog handler for ten years. His Widow received a posthumous Queens Gallantry Medal in July 1987. He was married with 4 children and was on duty at the time of his death.


Pte Robert W Hill Age 22 (Part Time) E. Coy 1st July 1986. Killed by a booby-trap bomb under his car outside his house in Drumaness, wreckage from the car was found over a 100 metre radius. He was single and off duty at the time of his death.

Pte Robert W Hill

Pte Robert W Hill

Waiting for more from his family


Cpl Alan. T. Johnston Age 23 (Part Time) B. Coy 15th February 1988. Shot dead by the IRA as he arrived for work at the local Joinery factory in Kilkeel. Alan was the fifth person on his Fathers side to be killed by terrorists and the third employee from the firm he worked for. He was single and off duty at the time of his death. He was the 170th UDR to be killed.

[ Alan Johnson ]


Pte W. John Moreland Age 36 (Part Time) E. Coy 16th December 1988. Shot by the IRA as he sat in his coal lorry by two gunmen in Downpatrick. The previous evening two masked gunmen took over a couples house and took their car to use in the attack. He was married with 2 children and was not on duty at the time of his death.


Pte Michael D. Adams Age 23 (Full Time) D. Coy 9th April 1990. Killed by 1000lb landmine, which was detonated by a command wire as the mobile patrols two Landrovers passed by. The explosion left a crater 50 feet long 40 feet wide and 15 feet deep. Originally from London Michael had previous service in the Royal Engineers, and had only joined the Regiment seven months earlier, he was engaged to be married. L/Cpl Brad Bradley, Pte John Birch and Pte Steven Smart were also killed in the explosion at Downpatrick. He was single and on duty at the time of his death.


L/Cpl J (Brad) Bradley Age 26 (Full Time) D. Coy 9th April 1990. As Above. Originally from Scotland he had previous service with the Royal Highland Fusiliers. He was married with 2 children and on duty at the time of his death.


Pte John Birch Age 28 (Full Time) D. Coy 9th April 1990. As Above. He had previous service in the Irish Guards. He was married with 2 children his third child was born four months after his death. He was on duty at the time of his death.


Pte Steven Smart Age 23 (Full Time) D. Coy 9th April 1990. As Above He had previous service with the Royal Artillery and was engaged to be married He was single and on duty at the time of his death.