1987

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Maj George Shaw, 8 UDR, 26th January 1987.

Shot dead by the IRA outside his home, Coalisland Road, Dungannon, as he was leaving dustbins at his front gate. The two gunmen had hijacked a car and forced the owner to drive them towards Coalisland and from there they escaped on foot across fields. An off duty UDR soldier who arrived at the scene fired at the killers as they escaped across fields. He was 57 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

Cpl Thomas Oldman, 4 UDR, 3rd April 1987.

Shot dead by the IRA as he arrived at the hardware shop he managed in Ederny, County Fermanagh. The two masked gunmen ordered his cousin, a 13 year old schoolgirl to get out of the car before they fired. Three gunmen had taken over a nearby house holding the family hostage overnight until Jim arrived at work. He joined the Regiment on its formation. He was 39 years old, off duty and single at the time of his death.

Pte Harry Henry, 5 UDR, 21st April 1987.

Harry had left the Regiment in 1973. He was the 46th UDR Veteran to be killed. He was shot by IRA gunmen who forced their way into his home as he watched television. He was taken outside and was found by his wife minutes later, he had been shot four times in the head from close range by a small calibre weapon of high velocity. The IRA said he was killed because the firm owned by his brother carried out work for the Security Forces and in a statement they stated, 'such people are more of a prime target than the foot soldier or the RUC constable because of the crucial function they perform'. The weapon had been used at least five times against UDR soldiers and policemen. A few months after Harry was killed the weapon was captured at Loughgall. He was 52 and married at the time of his death.

Pte William Graham, 8 UDR, 25th April 1987.

Shot dead by the IRA at his farm at Gortscraheen Road, near Pomeroy. His wife saw the two gunmen and shouted a warning but Willie did not hear her. He was shot in the back. He was 44 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

Capt Ivan  Anderson, 6 UDR, 21st May 1987.

Ambushed by the IRA near his home at Tiroony, near Carrickmore, from his Primary School. His car careered out of control and after a few hundred yards crashed on an isolated road. The RUC at first thought they were attending the scene of an accident. He was 47 years old, off duty and single at the time of his death.

Pte Joseph McIlwaine, 7/10 UDR, 12th June 1987.

Shot dead by the IRA at his work at Aberdelgy Golf Club, Lambeg. Three gunmen fired 12 shots at close range after singling Joe out as he sat with other course workers at a tea break. Six months earlier Joe had been worried after seeing men acting suspiciously and had wanted to take his shotgun to work, but his father persuaded him not to. He was 20 years old, off duty and single at the time of his death.

CSgt Nat Cush, 7/10 UDR, 15th June 1987.

Killed by an IRA booby trap bomb in his car as he was leaving work in Tomb Street, Belfast. Nat had left the Regiment just weeks before the attack after fifteen years service and died the day before his dining out. He was the 47th UDR Veteran to be killed. He had former military service from 1958 to 1967. 

John Tracey, 7/10 UDR, 26th June 1987.

Shot dead by the IRA as he worked on a house renovation in Surrey Street, Belfast, connecting to the mains electricity. John did not know until that morning where he would be working. He was 46 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

Pte William Megrath, 11 UDR, 23rd July 1987.

Ambushed by the IRA as he drove home to Lisburn on the Stewartstown Road after work. The fatal bullet had fragmented after going through the car. He had six years previous service with The Royal Artillery. He was 46 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

Pte Winston Finlay, 5 UDR, 30th August 1987.

Winston left the Regiment in 1984. He was the 48th UDR Veteran to be killed. He subsequently  joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary as a Reserve Constable was shot by the IRA as he arrived home at Ballyronan, Cookstown, with his wife after visiting relatives. The gunman opened fire as he got out of the car to open the garage door. Winston had fourteen years former service with the RAF. His brother Ronnie, an ex UDR soldier was shot dead by the IRA in 1991. He was 

Pte Steven Megrath, 7/10 UDR, 17th September 1987.

Shot dead by the IRA at a relative's house, Hallidays Road, Belfast. Two gunmen followed him into the kitchen and opened fire from close range. The IRA said he had been under surveillance for some time. He and his partner were to be married soon after. He was 20 years old, off duty and single at the time of his death.