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Ulster Defence Regiment

UDR Cap Badge 2

UDR Cap Badge

Formed: 1970

The UDR was the largest infantry regiment in the British Army with 11 Battalions

Between 1 April 1970 and 30 June 1992, a total of 197 soldiers were killed as active servicemen. Another 61 members were killed after they had left the UDR

In total 953 UDR soldiers received awards through the British honours system including: 12 Queen's Gallantry Medals; 2 Military Medals; 88 BEM's; 108 OBE's and 276 Mentions in Despatches.

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

When it merged, the UDR had been on active service longer than any regiment since the Napoleonic Wars

The Ulster Defence Regiment was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second on 6 October 2006

IRA Campaign

Elizabeth Cross


The Elizabeth Cross is granted to the next of kin of Armed Forces personnel killed on operations or as a result of terrorism in a mark of national recognition for their loss.

Next of kin receive the Elizabeth Cross - a sterling silver emblem in the shape of a cross over a wreath - plus a Memorial Scroll signed by The Queen which bears the name of the person who died

Up to May 2010, 232 Elizabeth Crosses and Memorial Scrolls have been issued to the families of UDR personnel whose deaths are officially attributed to their military service.

Ultimate Sacrifice

Change and Amalgamation

Includes UDR Association objectives, news and details of services offered

UDR Red Badge

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