1977

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CSgt Robert Harrison, 11 UDR, 5th February 1977.
Robert had left the Regiment in 1975 and subsequently joined the RUC. He was the 10th UDR Veteran to be killed. He was shot by the IRA as he and a fellow RUC Constable, who were both on police duty left a shop, in Gilford after checking a report that an incendiary device had been placed there. His colleague had an arm amputated. He was 50 years old and married at the time of his death.

 

Maj Peter Hill, 5 UDR, 23rd February 1977.
The 69th UDR Soldier and 6th Officer killed. Shot by IRA gunmen outside his home Daphne Gardens, Waterside, Londonderry as he returned from his civilian work in a furniture and drapery firm in the city. He formerly served in the North Irish Horse (TA). He was 43 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

 

Pte John Reid, 8 UDR, 9th March 1977.
The 70th UDR Soldier killed. Ambushed by the IRA and shot as he went to feed cattle on his farm. His body was taken five and a half miles away and left just 18 feet on the Northern side of the border at Annaghmore Bridge. He had moved into Caledon 15 months earlier after a booby trap bomb exploded at his home in Tannagh. He was 53 years old, off duty and single at the time of is death.

 

Pte David McQuillan, 5 UDR, 15th March 1977.
The 71st UDR Soldier killed. Shot by IRA gunmen as he waited for a lift to work near his home in Bellaghy. His 14-year-old son witnessed the killing. He had survived a previous attempt on his life. He was 36 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.


Cpl David Graham, 8 UDR, 25th March 1977.
The 72nd UDR Soldier killed. He was injured in an IRA gun attack on 15 Mar 1977 and died 10 days later from his injuries on 25 Mar 77. His killers held up staff at the cement plant where he worked and locked them in a room as they waited for him to arrive. As Corporal Graham walked towards the canteen the gunmen stepped out of a doorway. He had previous service with the Territorial Army. He was 38 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

LCpl Gerald Cloete, 5 UDR, 6th April 1977.
The 73rd UDR Soldier killed. Shot by the IRA as he drove to work on the evening shift at a factory in Londonderry. The gunmen crashed into his car and shot him as he tried to get out. He was originally from Kent and had served 15 years in the Royal Navy. He was 46 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.


Capt Walter Shiells, 8 UDR, 29th April 1977.
The 74th UDR Soldier and 7th Officer killed. Shot by the IRA as he got into his car outside his home. One of Dungannon’s most senior businessmen, he was a former President of Dungannon Rugby Club. He had served with the Royal Navy in World War II. He was 49 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

 

Cpl John (Jack) Geddis, 10 UDR, 10th May 1977.
The 75th UDR Soldier killed. Killed in an UVF explosion at a filling station on the Crumlin Road in Belfast. The garage had remained open during the Loyalist Strike. His wife, who was also present, suffered facial injuries. He was 26 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

 

LCpl Gerald W. D. Tucker, 10 UDR, 8th June 1977. 
The 76th UDR Soldier killed. 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 35 years old, off duty and single at the time of his death.

 

Cpl James McFall, 10 UDR, 27th July 1977. 
The 77th UDR Soldier killed. 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 son’s arms. He was 38 years old, off duty and married with 5 children at the time of his murder.

 

Cpl Hugh A. Rogers, 10 UDR, 8th September 1977. 
The 78th UDR Soldier killed. 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 50 years old, off duty and married with 5 children and off duty at the time of his death.

 

2Lt Robert Smyrl, 8 UDR, 13th September 1977.
The 79th UDR Soldier and 8th Officer killed. Shot by the IRA as he drove to his work in Plumbridge. Gunmen opened fire on his car and it crashed into a telegraph pole. A passenger in the car was wounded in the chest by a bullet. He was awarded Mention in Despatches. He was 26 years old, off duty and single at the time of his death.

 

Pte Robert Bloomer, 8 UDR, 24th September 1977.
The 80th UDR Soldier killed. He was injured in an IRA gun attack on 16 Sep 1977 as he drove his car into the laneway of his home and he died from his injuries on 24 Sep 77. Although he was hit five times in the back he managed to return fire. His wife bundled him into their car and drove to his father’s home nearby. His father suffered a heart attack on seeing him. He was 26 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

 

Pte Margaret Hearst, 2 UDR, 8th October 1977.
The 81st UDR Soldier and 3rd Greenfinch to be killed. Shot by IRA gunmen who burst into her mobile home in the garden of her parents’ house near Middletown. Her grandmother and brothers were held at gunpoint while her killers waited for her. Her three-year-old daughter was in the next room when the shooting took place and a bullet went through the toy she had been cuddling. Her father was killed by the IRA in 1980. She was 24 years old, off duty and single at the time of her death.

 

The 82nd UDR Soldier and 9th Officer killed. Lt Walter Kerr, 5 UDR, 2nd November 1977.
Fatally injured by an IRA booby trap bomb under his car on 27 Oct 77. Minutes later his two children and a neighbour’s child would have joined him in the car for the journey to school. Twelve soldiers from The Royal Tank Regiment donated blood immediately to help the injured soldier. Fifty other soldiers donated blood later, many of them staying in the hospital lest further donations were needed. He was 34 years old, off duty and married at the time of his
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