1973

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Capt James Hood, 5 UDR, 4th January 1973.
The 32nd
UDR soldier and 2nd Officer killed. Shot as he entered his home after coming off duty by gunmen who were lying in wait in his garden. Witnessed by his son. One of his twin sons was a soldier in the Regiment. He was 48 years old, off duty and married with 3 children at the time of his death.

Cpl David W. Bingham, 9 UDR, 16th January 1973. 
The 33rd UDR Soldier killed. Abducted by the IRA on his way to a hospital appointment in Belfast. His body was found off Divis Street. He had been shot in the head 3 times. His car was later used as a getaway vehicle in a bomb attack. He was 22 years old, off duty and married with 2 children at the time of his abduction and death
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CSgt David Deacon, 5 UDR, 3rd March 1973.
The 34th UDR Soldier killed. His hooded body was found near Londonderry two days after his abduction by the IRA. His hands were tied behind his back, he was hooded, had been tortured and shot through the head. He had previous service with Royal Navy and originally came from England. He was 39 years old, off duty and married at the time of his abduction and
death.

 

Pte William L. Kenny, 10 UDR, 16th March 1973. 
The 35th 
UDR Soldier killed. 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 death.

 

Cpl Franklin Caddoo, 8 UDR, 10th May 1973.
The 36th 
UDR Soldier killed. Shot dead by the IRA whilst working on his farm. He was shot twice in the head at close range. He was 24 years old, off duty and married. His wife was pregnant at the time of his death.

 

Pte Isaac Scott, 3 UDR, 9th July 1973.

Isaac left the Regiment in 1973. He was the 2nd UDR Veteran to be killed. He was shot by IRA gunmen as he started his car after leaving Tully’s Bar, Belleek. He died instantly, and another man was seriously injured. He was 41 years old and single at the time of his death.

 

Pte Sidney Watt, 2 UDR, 20th July 1973.    
The 37th 
UDR Soldier killed. Ambushed getting out of his car by the IRA after visiting a friend. His car was struck by 14 bullets and his wife found him by the side of the car. She remained with him until he died. He was 36 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

 

Pte Kenneth Hill, 2 UDR, 28th August 1973.    
The 38th 
UDR Soldier killed. Hill who formerly served in the RAF was shot by the IRA in Armagh City. He had helped clear the area because of a suspect vehicle. The car turned out to be clear and had been planted to lure security forces into an ambush. He was 25 years old, on duty and single at the time of his death.

 

Pte Matthew Lilly, 4 UDR, 7th September 1973.
The 39th 
UDR Soldier killed. Shot by the IRA whilst on his milk round at Killagho outside Belcoo. Gunmen had earlier held up local people at the farm, locked them in the dairy, smashed the telephone and waited behind the farm buildings to ambush him. He was 54 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

 

Pte Joseph Vennard, 11 UDR, 3rd October 1973.
Joseph left the Regiment in 1973. He was the 3rd UDR Veteran to be killed. He was shot by IRA gunmen as he collected letters from a Sub Post Office. In a statement the IRA said he had been shot because of his Territorial Army connections. Left the Regiment in 1973. He was 32 years old and married at the time of his death.

 

Pte Tommy Forsythe, 9 UDR, 16th October 1973.
The 40th UDR Soldier killed. Killed in a tragic shooting incident while on duty. Pte Forsythe was killed by a Scottish soldier David Moody (aged 26 years) from the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, who entered the restroom at Hannahstown electrical sub station and shot Tommy with his issue SLR. Moody evaded authorities, assisted by the IRA, who provided him with shelter, clothing, documentation and passage to Sweden, where he was arrested and returned to Armagh Assizes for trial. He was 41 years old and on duty at the time of his death.