Belfast Telegraph

UDR veterans parade as memorial unveiled

By Catherine Lynagh

Hundreds of Ulster Defence Regiment veterans lined the streets of Lisburn yesterday for the unveiling of a memorial to its members.

The bronze sculpture, by John Sherlock, features a UDR soldier and Greenfinch and both figures are depicted operating a vehicle checkpoint.

The pose was chosen because it was one of the most mundane and routine duties UDR soldiers carried out during the Troubles.

It was unveiled yesterday by Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie OBE at Market Square.

Also in attendance for the memorial dedication was Lisburn City Council deputy mayor William Leathem, Viscount Brookeborough and Brigadier Ed Smyth-Osbourne.

The UDR became operational in 1970 and consisted overwhelmingly of part-time volunteers until 1976 when a full-time cadre was added.

More than 50,000 men and women from all walks of life served in its ranks.

In all, 260 serving and former members were killed and over 400 were wounded.

The regiment was originally formed in Lisburn and it is hoped the memorial will be a lasting tribute to their courage and dedication to duty.

In 1992 the regiment was amalgamated with the Royal Irish Rangers to form the Royal Irish Regiment.

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