Part-Time UDR soldier awarded QGM.

Sunday, 3 February, 1991

UDR Cap Badge On the evening of 3 February 1991, the IRA forced a civilian to drive a van bomb to the 5th Battalion The Ulster Defence Regiment's Magherafelt base. The driver's wife had been blindfolded and held at gun point to ensure the driver followed through with the task. On approaching the base, the driver crashed into the security bollards alerting the guard in the front-gate sangar.

After sounding the alarm, the part time soldier manning the post, with no regard for his own safety, ran forward and released the driver. The soldier then managed to get the driver into cover just two minutes before the device initiated. For his courage and instant reaction the part-time soldier was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM).