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Soldiers Details
Soldiers Name:Richard Wilson Other Names: Samuel John
Also Known As: Ricky 
Marital Status :Single Age at Death: 21 Civilian Job:
Service Details
Enlistment Date: 07/11/1977 Service No: 24456669
Rank: Pte
Regiment: UDR Battalion: 3 UDR Company: D Company
Service Type: Full Time    
Details of Incident
On or Off Duty: On Date of Death: 06/01/1980  
County: Down Location:Burrenbridge

Details:
One of three soldiers on vehicle patrol killed by an IRA bomb near Castlewellan. The bomb containing one ton of explosives was triggered by a command wire from a derelict house. Four other soldiers were injured. The explosion left a crater 13 feet deep and 30 feet across damaging water pipes. Emergency services worked waist deep in water to rescue the dead and injured. Private Robert Smyth and Private James Cochrane were also killed. 99th UDR soldier to be killed.
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