1983

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LCpl Cecil McNeill, 8 UDR, 25th February 1983.

Shot by the IRA outside the engineering plant in Tullyvannon where he worked. He had just parked his car when gunmen fired from close range. His father worked at the same plant and was one of the first people on the scene. He got engaged a month earlier. He was 22 years old, off duty and single at the time of his death.

Pte Andrew Stinson, 8 UDR, 4th June 1983.

Killed when an INLA booby trap exploded in the cab of his digger as he worked on a drainage scheme in a field at Eglish near Dungannon. A mercury tilt switch detonated the explosives. He was 35 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

Cpl Thomas Harron, 6 UDR, 13th July 1983.

One of four soldiers killed when a 600 lb bomb exploded near Ballygawley. The bomb exploded beneath the Land Rover they were travelling in, the last of five vehicles on their way from Omagh to Ballykinler for a training exercise. Private Ossie Neely, Private Ronnie Alexander and Private John Roxborough also died. He was 24 years old, on duty and married at the time of his death.

Pte John Roxborough, 6 UDR, 13th July 1983.

One of four soldiers killed when a 600 lb bomb exploded near Ballygawley. The bomb exploded beneath the Land Rover they were travelling in, the last of five vehicles on their way from Omagh to Ballykinler for a training exercise. Cpl Thomas Harron, Private Ossie Neely and  Private Ronnie Alexander also died. He was 19 years old, on duty and single at the time of his death.

Private Ronnie Alexander, 6 UDR, 13th July 1983.

One of four soldiers killed when a 600 lb bomb exploded near Ballygawley. The bomb exploded beneath the Land Rover they were travelling in, the last of five vehicles on their way from Omagh to Ballykinler for a training exercise. Cpl Thomas Harron, Pte John Roxborough and Private Ossie Neely also died. He was 19 years old, on duty and single at the time of his death.

Private Ossie Neely, 6 UDR, 13th July 1983.

One of four soldiers killed when a 600 lb bomb exploded near Ballygawley. The bomb exploded beneath the Land Rover they were travelling in, the last of five vehicles on their way from Omagh to Ballykinler for a training exercise. Cpl Thomas Harron, Pte John Roxborough and Private Ronnie Alexander also died. He was 20 years old, on duty and married at the time of his death.

Cpl Ronald Finlay, 6 UDR, 23rd August 1983.

Shot by the IRA as he left work at a knitwear factory in Strabane. A gunman riding pillion on a motorcycle carried out the shooting. Six people were held at gunpoint in a house nearby while two gunmen took the Honda 250cc for use in the attack. He was 32 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death. 

Capt John Truckle, 11 UDR, 20th September 1983.

John had left the Regiment in 1982. He was the 37th UDR Veteran to be killed. He was killed by an IRA bomb placed under his car. It exploded outside his home in Woodside Hill, Portadown. Children were standing just yards away. IRA sympathisers sang and danced outside his home that night taunting his family and security forces. He was 61 years old and married at the time of his death.

Pte Thomas 'Cyrus' Campbell, 8 UDR, 24th October 1983.

Shot by the IRA as he drove from his home to feed cattle in a nearby field at Carricklongfield, near Aughnacloy. Gunmen fired at close range hitting him twice in the head. He lived with his 80 year old mother and had survived an attack on duty in 1972, when one of his colleagues was killed. Cyrus had been commended for serving with distinction during that incident. He was 49 years old, off duty and single at the time of his death. 

Maj Charles Frederick Armstrong, 2 UDR, 14th November 1983.

Killed by an IRA bomb shortly after he left a meeting in the Palace Demesne in Armagh City where he was an Ulster Unionist Party Councillor. The car park was surrounded by a security fence but the IRA had managed to enter it and leave again undetected. After his death Sinn Fein stated that 'killing UDR members was perfectly legitimate in a state of war', He was 54 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

LCpl Brown McKeown, 5 UDR, 17th December 1983.

Shot by the IRA in front of his 13 year old son as they sat in their car after leaving the supermarket where he worked in Maghera. The boy who was helping his father, earning pocket money for Christmas was injured and despite years of psychiatric treatment never fully recovered. He was 40 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.