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Soldiers Details
Soldiers Name:Robert Bennett Other Names: David
Also Known As: Robert 
Marital Status :Married Age at Death: 45 Civilian Job: Timber Worker
Service Details
Enlistment Date: 10/08/1982 Service No: 24280827
Rank: Pte
Regiment: UDR Battalion: 8 UDR Company: A Company
Service Type: Part Time    
Details of Incident
On or Off Duty: Off Date of Death: 07/09/1984  
County: Tyrone Location:Dungannon

Shot by the IRA at the timber yard where he worked. He had just returned to work after lunch with a colleague when up to six gunmen opened fire. Robert was waving goodbye to his wife and three year old daughter and they witnessed the shooting. His colleague Malcolm Cullen died immediately. Robert died a short time later in hospital. MP Ken Maginnis said that 'because of Robert's concern for his family he hadn't time to draw his own UDR issue weapon'. The owner of the timber yard Eric Shiells, a Part Time Captain in 8 UDR was shot dead by the IRA in 1977. 147th UDR soldier to be killed.
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