1988

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Capt Timothy Armstrong, 8 UDR, 16th January 1988.

Shot dead by the UDA/UFF as he walked home with his fiancee on Park Road, Belfast. Loyalist & Sinn Fein sources claimed that he was shot by UDA gunmen who thought he was a Catholic. The UDA said the claim was 'rubbish'. Tim had previous service with The Royal Irish Rangers and had served in the Falklands in 1983. He was 29 years old, off duty and single at the time of his death.

Pte William Stewart, 8 UDR, 16th January 1988.

Ambushed and shot by the IRA. Three gunmen fired 20 rounds as he left his home in Brackaville, Coalisland, on 15 Jan and died of his injuries the following day. A moment before the attack he had checked his car and placed his bullet-proof vest and revolver on the seat beside him. He was found by his father and driven to hospital in Belfast by a doctor who was passing by. He was 23 years old, off duty and single at the time of his death.

LCpl Alan Johnston, 3 UDR, 15th February 1988.

Shot dead by the IRA as he arrived at work in the local joinery works, Greencastle Road, Kilkeel. One gunman opened fire at close range and then fled with another man in a hijacked car. The pair had taken over a house near the joinery works the previous night and before the shooting had tied up the householder and taken his car. The IRA claimed that one of its units had been involved in a 'brave action in Kilkeel'. Alan was the fifth person on his father's side to be killed by terrorists and the third employee from the firm he worked for. He was 23 years old, off duty and single at the time of his death.

Pte James Cummings, 7/10 UDR, 24th February 1988.

Killed in an explosion detonated by command wire hidden behind hoarding at the security gates in Royal Avenue, Belfast. He and a colleague, Pte Frederick Starrett, who died from his wounds, were on duty at the security gate in the city centre at the junction of Royal Ave and North Street. The PIRA had planted a 200 lb bomb behind hoarding at a building site on Royal Ave which was detonated by command wire. A second booby trap, intended for police and soldiers conducting a follow up operation failed to explode and was defused by ATO. He was 22 years old, on duty and single at the time of his death.

Pte Fred Starrett, 7/10 UDR, 25th February 1988.

Died of wounds sustained when the PIRA detonated a 200 lb command wire bomb, concealed behind hoarding at a building site on Royal Ave, Belfast. Both Pte Starrett and Pte James Cummings, who died at the scene, were on duty at the security gates near the junction with Royal Ave and North Street, Belfast. A second bomb intended for police and soldiers conducting a follow up operation failed to explode and was defused by the ATO. Frederick was a lay preacher and a religious scholarship was established in his memory. He had joined the Regiment just four months earlier. He was 22 years old, on duty and single at the time of his death.

Cpl William Burleigh, 4 UDR, 6th April 1988.

Killed when an IRA bomb exploded under his car as he was about to leave an auction of agricultural machinery in Tirraroe, near Derrylin. He had previously been commended for bravery. A week after his death his widow received hate mail sent from Dublin and signed 'IRA'. Other UDR widows in Co Fermanagh received similar letters. His daughter served in the same Battalion. He was 51 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

Pte Edward Gibson, 8 UDR, 26th April 1988.

Shot by the IRA as he collected dustbins whilst working as part of a refuge collection team in Moortown, near Ardboe, County Tyrone. Two gunmen fired and continued to fire as he lay on the ground. He had been given irregular shifts at his own request as a security measure and only knew that morning that he would be working in that area. Edward had joined the Regiment just eight weeks earlier. He was 22 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

LCpl Michael Darcy, 6 UDR, 4th June 1988.

Shot by the IRA as he arrived home at Killeter Road, Castlederg, after an evening out. His widowed mother heard the shooting, the car engine was still running and the radio playing as he was shot six times in the back. Neighbours were too frightened to come out of their homes to help her. He was 28 years old, off duty and single at the time of his death.

LCpl Roy Butler, 7/10 UDR, 2nd August 1988.

Shot by the IRA in front of his family whilst shopping in the Park Centre, Donegal Road, Belfast. Two unmasked gunmen carried out the attack and it was claimed that he was killed after an IRA member spotted his personal issue weapon as he washed his car. He was 26 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

Pte Raymond McNicholl, 8 UDR, 3rd August 1988.

Shot by the IRA as he drove along the Desertcreat Road, near Cookstown, to the engineering firm where he worked. He died one and half hours later in hospital. The gunmen had taken over a house holding a couple and their three children hostage before taking the family's car and driving to the ambush point. Pte McNicoll was hit in the head and the chest but managed to return 8 rounds, 21 rounds were fired at him. He was 30 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

Pte William Hassard, 4 UDR, 4th August 1988.

William had left the Regiment in 1983. He was the 49th UDR Veteran to be killed. He was ambushed and shot several times on his way from work at Belleek RUC Station where he was working as a contractor He died instantly. 

Pte Stephen McKinney, 2 UDR, 25th September 1988.

Shot by the IRA as he arrived home at Cabragh, off the Loughgall Road, County Armagh, after his final duty with the Regiment. Stephen had resigned before commencing a business management course in England and was due to travel that morning. The gunmen lay in wait in his garden and fired 47 shots. Stephen was found critically injured in his car holding his personal protection weapon and died in the ambulance with his parents by his side. His brother was injured. A bursary for students at Armagh College of Further Education was established in his memory. He was 22 years old, off duty and single at the time of his death.

Pte William Moreland, 3 UDR, 16th December 1988,

 Shot by the IRA as he sat in his coal lorry in Ardpatrick Avenue, Downpatrick. Two gunmen shot him ten times and he died instantly. The previous evening two masked gunmen took over a couple's house and took their car to use in the attack. He was 36 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.