1976

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Pte Kenneth Worton, 2 UDR, 5th January 1976.
Kenneth left the Regiment in 1974. He was the 7th UDR Veteran to be killed. He was one of ten workmen machine-gunned by a group calling itself the Republican Action Force, thought to have been the IRA. The men, on their way home from a textile factory, were stopped by twelve armed men who boarded the bus and asked each man his religion. The one Roman Catholic workman was told to clear off and the other nine were lined up outside the bus and shot. One man survived. He was 24 years old and married at the time of his
death.

 

Pte John Arrell, 5 UDR, 22nd January 1976.
The 54th 
UDR Soldier killed. Shot whilst driving home to Bellaghy from work in Ballymena. He died of multiple gunshot wounds. He was driving the firm’s minibus when two gunmen boarded it at one of its stops. They asked for John Arrell, then shot him. He was 32 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

 

Pte Joseph McCullough, 2 UDR, 26th February 1976.
The 55th 
UDR Soldier killed. Stabbed to death by the IRA near his home. His throat had been cut twice. He had been staying with neighbours to avoid attack but was killed when he went home to feed his dog. The terrorists left a booby trap device to kill members of the Security Forces arriving at the scene. Fortunately, it was detonated by livestock. His cousin and two neighbours serving in the Regiment were also killed by the IRA. He was single and off duty at the time of his death. He was 57 years old, off duty and single at the time of his death.

 

Pte John McCutcheon, 5 UDR, 1st April 1976.
The 56th 
UDR Soldier killed. His body was found at the cement works where he worked four hours after he had been shot by the IRA. Another man from 5 UDR was killed the next day by the IRA and Jacks nephew was killed by the IRA in 1989. He was 48 years old, off duty and married with 4 children at the time of his death. 

 

CSgt Robert Lennox, 5 UDR, 2nd April 1976.
The 57th 
UDR Soldier killed. Ambushed by the IRA as he delivered mail to an isolated cottage at Knockloughrim. The gunmen fired twenty shots into the victim. He had been in the UDR since 1970 and had previous service with the regular Army. He was 60 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

 

Cpl Robert McConnell, 2 UDR, 5th April 1976.
The 58th 
UDR Soldier killed. Shot by the IRA outside his home at Tullyvallen, Newtownhamilton. He was going home to put his invalid sister to bed. His sister in law was walking with him when he was killed. He was 32 years old, off duty and single at the time of his death.

LCpl Gillian Leggett, 2 UDR, 6th April 1976.
The 59th UDR Soldier and the 2nd Greenfinch to be killed. Shot in an IRA ambush whilst part of a two-vehicle patrol on the Armagh to Middletown Rd. She was the second female soldier of the UDR to be killed. The soldier driving the Land Rover received gunshot wounds to his leg. Jean had previous service with the Women’s Royal Army Corps. Her husband was a Colour Sergeant in the Irish Guards and posted to the Battalion. She was 33 years old, on duty and married at the time of her death.

 

Pte Edmund Stewart, 8 UDR, 29th April 1976.
The 60th 
UDR Soldier killed. Shot after gunmen lured him and his brother in law from his sister’s house on the pretence that cattle had broken loose. He had only been with the UDR for one week after having served nine years with the Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. His brother in law, Stanley Arthurs died of his injuries a few days later. He was 31 years old, off duty and single at the time of his death.

 

Pte John Freeburn, 11 UDR, 28th June 1976
John had left the Regiment in 1975. He was the 8th UDR Veteran to be killed. He was shot by IRA gunmen as he drank in The Celtic Supporters Club, Lurgan, a local football supporters club. He was 30 years old and married at the time of his
death.

 

Pte Robert Scott, 5 UDR, 30th July 1976.
The 61st 
UDR Soldier killed. Killed by an IRA booby trap at the family farm in Druminard near Moneymore. The device was triggered when he opened a gate to drive his tractor through. He was 28 years old, off duty and single at the time of his death.


Lt Joseph Wilson, 2 UDR, 26th October 1976.
The 62nd 
UDR Soldier and 4th Officer killed. Shot dead by the IRA as he worked behind a supermarket counter. He was hit three times in the back. He had survived an attempt on his life the year before when gunmen opened fire on his car at point blank range. He and his wife were prosecution witnesses after an Official IRA raid on their home some years before. His son in law was killed by the IRA in 1984. He was 55 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

 

LCpl Stanley Adams, 8 UDR, 28th October 1976.
The 63rd 
UDR Soldier killed. Shot by the IRA as he delivered post to a remote farmhouse near Pomeroy. The IRA had posted the letter to the address in preparation for the ambush. He was 29 years old, off duty and single at the time of his death.

 

Capt Ronald Bond, 5 UDR, 7th November 1976.
The 64th 
UDR Soldier and 5th Officer killed. Shot by the IRA on 28th October outside his home in Londonderry. He was walking home from his job in the Housing Executive when he was hit 12 times. He was one of the first soldiers to join the UDR and had previously served with the Royal Navy in WWII. He was 53 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

 

LCpl Jim Speer, 5 UDR, 9th November 1976.
The 65th 
UDR Soldier killed. Shot by the IRA in the garage he owned on Longfield Road, Dessertmartin, when three men drove in asking him to look at a leaking radiator. He was 46 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

LCpl Winston McCaughey, 5 UDR, 11th November 1976.
The 66th 
UDR Soldier killed. Shot outside his home by the IRA at Boveedy, Kilrea as he stood by his car. His eight-year-old son stopped a passing car for help, but his father was dead on arrival at hospital. His wife was pregnant at the time of the incident. He was the third soldier from the Battalion to be killed in one week. He was 33 years old, off duty and married with 2 children at the time of his death.

 

Pte George Lutton, 11 UDR, 15th November 1976.
The 67th 
UDR Soldier killed. He was shot by the IRA at a barrier in Edward Street, Lurgan. One of a four-man foot patrol ambushed by a gunman who fired ten shots killing Pte Lutton and injuring a second soldier. He was 41 years old, on duty and married at the time of his death.

 

Cpl William Kidd, 6 UDR, 18th November 1976.
The 68th 
UDR Soldier killed. Shot at point blank range by two republican gunmen in the Waterside area of the city as he left a hut on a Housing Executive building site. He was 37 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

Pte Norman Campbell, 3 UDR, 15th December 1976.
Norman had left the Regiment in 1976 and joined the RUC. He was the 9th UDR Veteran to be killed. He was shot by the IRA as he and a fellow RUC Reserve Constable were closing a traffic barrier in High Street, Portadown. He died instantly during a spray of more than 30 bullets from an automatic weapon. A keen sportsman he was described as an up and coming athlete. Norman was to be married a few weeks later. He was 19 years old and single at the time of his
death.

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