1982

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Pte Steven Carlton, 9 UDR, 8th January 1982.

Shot by the IRA as he arrived at work in a filling station on the Antrim Road, Belfast where he had just started working a few days earlier. He was hit nine times and died less than an hour later. He had only served with the Regiment for three months. He was 24 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

Pte Norman Hanna, 3 UDR, 11th March 1982.

Norman left the Regiment in 1976. He was the 29th UDR Veteran killed. He was shot by the IRA as he arrived at the Department of Environment Vehicle Testing Centre, Rathfriland Road, Newry where he worked. He had just left his car when he was shot by a motorcycle pillion passenger. His wife and four year old daughter who were in his car witnessed his death. The IRA subsequently repeated a warning that those leaving the UDR should make their position known to the IRA through an intermediary such as a priest. He was 28 years old and married at the time of his death.

Lt Leslie Hamilton, 6 UDR, 27th April 1982.

Shot by the IRA as he made a bread regular delivery to Long's Supermarket in Lisnagelvin. Ten to twelve shots were fired at point blank range as he and a colleague unloaded bread. He joined the Regiment on its formation. He was 37 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

Pte Thomas Cunningham, 6 UDR, 12th May 1982.

Thomas left the Regiment in 1981. He was the 30th UDR Veteran killed. He was shot by the IRA as he worked on a Housing Executive house in Fountain Park, Strabane. He had been working at the site for just two days. The IRA later issued a statement saying he would not have been at risk if they had been informed of his retirement from the UDR. His wife was expecting their first child. He was 23 years old and married at the time of his death.

Pte Hugh 'Lexi' Cummings, 6 UDR, 15th June 1982.

Shot by the IRA as near his workplace while walking along Lower Main Street, Strabane to get into his car to drive home for lunch. Three masked gunmen drove alongside Lexi's car and fired at close range. He was 39 years old, off duty and single at the time of his death.

 

Pte Wilfred McElveen, 2 UDR, 27th August 1982.

Wilfred had been Part Time employed on Full Time duties before leaving the Regiment in 1981. . He was the 31st UDR Veteran killed. He was killed by an IRA booby trap which exploded under his car as he drove out of Milford Everton Football Club, an amateur football club in Milford, County Armagh. His brother William, a RUCR was killed by the IRA in 1973.  He was 38 years old and married at the time of his death.

Pte John Eagleson, 8 UDR, 1st October 1982.

John had left the Regiment in 1974. He was the 32nd UDR Veteran to be killed. He was a serving RUC Reserve Officer when he was shot by the IRA as he rode his motorcycle to work at a local cement plant at Drum Manor near Cookstown. Passers by who came across his body lying beside his motorcycle at first thought he had been involved in an accident. He had a total of 33 years service in the B Specials, UDR and RUC. He was 49 years old and married at the time of his death.

Cpl Charles Crothers, 5 UDR, 5th October 1982.

Charles had left the Regiment in 1979. He was the 33rd UDR Veteran to be killed.  He was a serving RUC Reserve Officer when he was shot by the IRA as he opened a security gate where he worked at the Department of the Environment Depot in Altnagelvin, County Londonderry. Gunmen fired from their car then walked over to the victim as he lay on the ground and fired three more shots into his body. He was 54 years old and married at the time of his death.

LCpl Fred Williamson, 2 UDR, 17th October 1982.

Killed together with a woman prison officer following an INLA gun attack as he drove to work in Moy. He was not hit by bullets but involved in a head-on collision with another car driven by a prison officer, Elizabeth Chambers. His brother (RUC) was killed in 1993 by an IRA booby trap explosion. He was 33 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

Sgt Thomas Cochrane, 2 UDR, 22nd October 1982.

Abducted by the IRA as he travelled to work in Glennane, Markethill. The IRA said they were holding him for what they described as 'interrogation because of his crimes against the nationalist community'. It is believed that he was shot soon after he was taken away, however his body was not found until seven days later at Lislea near Camlough. He was 55 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

Cpl Charles Spence, 2 UDR, 10th November 1982.

Shot by the IRA as he left his work at the Customs Office Armagh. He was hit 20 times and died immediately. A colleague who saw the gunmen tried to call a warning. He was 44years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

Pte Snowden 'Samuel'  Corkey, 2 UDR, 16th November 1982.

Samuel had left the Regiment in 1975. He was the 34th UDR Veteran to be killed. He  was a serving RUC Reserve Officer when he was shot by INLA as he and his colleague, Constable Ronnie Irwin, stood at security gates in the town. Forty five shots were fired in the attack. Samuel had been awarded the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award at Buckingham Palace a few months before he was killed. He was 40 years old and married at the time of his death. 

Pte Ronald Irwin, 2 UDR, 16th November 1982.

Ronald had left the Regiment in 1978. He was the 35th UDR Veteran to be killed. He was a serving RUC Reserve Officer when he was shot by INLA as he and his colleague, Constable Snowden Corkey, stood at the security gates in Markethill. Forty five shots were fired in the attack. He was 25 years old and married at the time of his death. 

Pte James Gibson, 8 UDR, 2nd December 1982.

James had left the Regiment in 1980. He was the 36th UDR Veteran to be killed. He was shot by the IRA as he stopped his public transport bus. Gunmen boarded the vehicle, full of school children on their way home from school, and opened fire. James tried to drive on and the bus crashed into a ditch when he died. The hysterical children were taken in by local people. James only drove the bus one week in every 29. Several years earlier James was injured when his UDR Landrover was caught in an explosion near Ardboe. He was 50 years old and a widower at the time of his death.

Cpl Austin Smith, 2 UDR, 19th December 1982.

Shot by the IRA after parking his car to walk 50 yards to his house in Windmill Avenue, Armagh. He had just finished a duty at Drumadd Barracks. His wife and daughter ran out of the house to help him, but he died at the scene. He was 43 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.