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Cpl Samuel Lundy, 2 UDR, 2nd January 1980.

Samuel had left the Regiment in 1978. He was the 20th UDR Veteran to be killed. He was shot by IRA gunmen as he arrived home from work in Kingsmill. The IRA stated that 'it was up to anyone who left the Regiment to tell them, so that they could be removed from their target list'. His two brothers in law, John Bell and Robert Frazier, both UDR soldiers, were shot dead by the IRA in 1975.

Pte Richard Samuel John Wilson, 3 UDR, 6th January 1980.

One of three soldiers on vehicle patrol killed by an IRA bomb near Castlewellan. The bomb containing one ton of explosives 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 damaging water pipes. Emergency services worked waist deep in water to rescue the dead and injured. Private Robert Smyth and Private James Cochrane were also killed. He was 21 years old, on duty and single at the time of his death.

Pte Robert Smyth, 3 UDR, 6th January 1980.

One of three soldiers on vehicle patrol killed by an IRA bomb near Castlewellan. The bomb containing one ton of explosives 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 damaging water pipes. Emergency services worked waist deep in water to rescue the dead and injured. Private Richard Wilson and Private James Cochrane were also killed. He was 18 years old, on duty and single at the time of his death.

Pte James Joseph Cochrane, 3 UDR, 6th January 1980.

One of three soldiers on vehicle patrol killed by an IRA bomb near Castlewellan. The bomb containing one ton of explosives 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 damaging water pipes. Emergency services worked waist deep in water to rescue the dead and injured. Private Richard Wilson and Private Roy Smyth were also killed. His mother campaigned for years to have his name inscribed on the cenotaph in Downpatrick and was eventually successful. He was 21 years old, on duty and single at the time of his death.

Pte Aubrey Alexander Abercrombie, 4 UDR, 5th February 1980.

Shot by the IRA on his farm. His brother and his son found him slumped over the steering wheel of his tractor. A major security operation was mounted because it was suspected that his body or the site was booby trapped.  He was 48 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

Pte Henry Livingstone. 2 UDR. 6th March 1980.

Henry left the Regiment in 1979. He was the 21st UDR Veteran to be killed. Ambushed by IRA gunmen as he fed cattle. His body was found in the field, Cortyna, Tynan, County Armagh, and had been hit eight times, six shots fired into his body as he lay on the ground. His neighbour Thomas Armstrong, a serving UDR soldier was shot dead the previous Good Friday. Henry lived with his elderly widowed mother nearby and she heard the bursts of automatic fire. He was 36 years old and single at the time of his death.

Pte Robert Morrow, 4 UDR, 17th April 1980.

Robert left the Regiment in 1979. He was the 22nd UDR Veteran to be killed. Shot by IRA gunmen as he walked from his home in Newtownbutler to get a lift to work. He was shot nine times in the head. A police patrol heard the shots, but when they arrived at the scene Victor was dead. He was 61 years old and married at the time of his death.

Pte William Richard Latimer, 4 UDR, 7th June 1980.

Shot by the IRA as he worked in his hardware store. His eleven year old son and several customers witnessed the killing. Six years earlier the family had been intimidated out of their farmhouse home near the border after gun attacks. He was 39 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

Pte William Elliott, 8 UDR, 28th June 1980.

William had left the Regiment in 1979. He was the 23rd UDR Veteran to be killed. He was shot by the IRA at a cattle market in Ballybay, Co Monaghan. He had just bought cattle when he was shot four times in the head and back at point blank range. His brother in law, Jack Donnelly, a serving UDR soldier was killed by INLA ten months later. He was 47 years old and married at the time of his death.

Pte William John Clarke, 6 UDR, 3rd August 1980.

Shot by the IRA 400 yards inside Co Donegal after he had been to visit relatives in the border village. 400 Irish troops and Gardai took part in an extensive search operation after the killing. He was 59 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

Pte Marcus James Henry Hewitt, 2 UDR, 10th October 1980.

Killed when an IRA booby trap bomb exploded under his car at a stock yard. His two sons were first on the scene. He was 47 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

Pte Norman Henry Donaldson, 4 UDR, 25th November 1980.

Ambushed and shot by the IRA as he left the RUC station where he had been collecting money for charity. His friend suffered a fatal heart attack and crashed his car when he came upon the scene. It is believed that the intended victims were RUC officers who routinely closed the station at the time of the shooting. He was 59 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

Pte Colin Hartley Quinn, 3 UDR, 10th December 1980.

Shot by the INLA as he left his work in a printing firm. His brother witnessed the killing.

He was 20 years old, off duty and single at the time of his death.