1972

Below is a list of members of the regiment murdered in this year.


13 January Sgt Maynard Crawford Newtownabbey
16 February Pte Thomas Callaghan Creggan, Londonderry
29 February Sgt Harry Dickson Lurgan
1 March Pte Tommy Fletcher Belleck
4 March Capt Marcus Mc Causland Creggan, Londonderry
8 March L/Cpl Joseph Jardine Middletown
20 March Pte Samuel Trainor Lower Donergall Road, Belfast
19 April Cpl James Elliott Newtownhamilton
20 May L/Cpl William Gillespie Dungannon
9 June Cpl Roy Stanton Belfast
9 June Pte Edward Megahey Lononderry
13 July Pte Harry Russell East Belfast
22 July Pte Robert Mc Comb Crumlin Road, Belfast
7 August L/Cpl Harry Creighton Newtownbutler
25 August L/Cpl A Johnson Enniskillen
25 August Pte J Eames Enniskillen
6 September L/Cpl Victor Smyth Portadown
21 September Pte Thomas Bullock Derrylin, Killynick
10 October C/Sgt John Ruddy Newry
14 October Pte T G Maguire Belfast
22 October Pte Robin Bell Newtownbutler
8 November 2nd Lt Irwin Long Lurgan
22 November Pte Samuel Porter Maghera
5 December Pte William Bogle Castlederg
15 December Pte F D Greeves Moy Road, Armagh
20 December Pte George Hamilton Londonderry

 

 

Private Thomas Callaghan.
Pte Callaghan was married man from Limavady. Thomas was abducted at gun point in front of passengers by the IRA as he drove his bus from the Guildhall to Creggan. Pte Callaghan was found 3 hours after being abducted at the junction of Brooke St and Foyle Rd, he had been hooded and shot in the back of the head. After the murder bus services in the area were suspended as well as members of the public protesting at the murder, this included petitions being handed into both the army & police claiming that UDR soldiers living in the Creggan and Bogside should provided with 24 hour protection.

L/Cpl Victor Smyth.
Victor had been travelling home from duty when he was killed by a car bomb that had been left outside the Catholic owned McGurk's Bar, it is believed that loyalists planted the bomb without warning although no organisation claimed the attack. A piper played a lament at the funeral as the coffin, draped with the Union flag, was carried from his home in Jervis St across Portadown to Seagoe Cemetery with 1000's of people lining the route. Brig Denis Ormerod (Commander of UDR) and Alderman Tom Newell (Mayor of Portadown) were among the mourners.

Roll of Honour for ex members of the Regiment.
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Read the story by the sister of Private Roger Love.
Private Love
murdered in 1991 & this article tells you how his sister heard the news
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