1993

1993 (1502) LCpl Mervyn Johnston Royal I
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1993 (3105) Pte Charles Wren Royal Irish
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LCpl Mervyn Johnson, 7 R IRISH, 15th February 1993.

Mervyn was shot by the IRA as he wheeled a child's bicycle to his mother in law's house, a few doors away from his own home in Highfern Gardens, Highfield, Belfast. A car drew alongside and a gunman fired hitting Mervyn four times. A second gunman stepped from the car and fired three more rounds into his head, one from a range of 18 inches or less. His wife heard the shots and came out of the house to find him dead. He was 38 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

Pte David Martin, 8 UDR, 25th April 1993.

David had left the Regiment in 1992. He was the 58th UDR Veteran to be killed. He was killed when an IRA booby trap bomb exploded under his car as he drove home along the Flo Road, Kildress, near Cookstown, after a night out with friends. He was 34 years old and married at the time of his death.

Pte Christopher Wren, 8 R IRISH, 31st May 1993.

Christopher was a Part Time soldier working Full Time duties. He was killed by a booby trap bomb which exploded under his car as he was travelling along the Carrydarragh Road, Moneymore. A witness saw him check underneath it earlier. His father was nearby and heard the explosion. Christopher died in the ambulance. He was 34 years old, off duty and married at the time of his death.

Sgt John Lyness, 11 UDR, 24th June 1993.

John had retired from the Regiment in 1991. He was the 59th UDR Veteran to be killed. He was shot dead by IRA gunmen as he arrived at his home in Lime Grove, Lurgan after work. He was hit several times and died at the scene. The gunmen dressed in cycling gear escaped on bicycles through the nearby park. Johnny had served for twenty years and had been under high and specific threat for many of those. He was 57 years old and married at the time of his death.

LCpl John Burns, 5 UDR, 30th October 1993.

John had left the Regiment in 1978. He was the 60th UDR Veteran to be killed. He was one of eight people killed when two UDA/UFF gunmen opened fire in the Rising Sun Lounge and Restaurant in Greysteel, an act of retaliation for the IRA's Shankill Road bombing a week earlier. Around 200 people were in the bar when gunmen came in and opened fire indiscriminately. John's wife was badly wounded. He was 54 years old and married at the time of his death.