THE REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
ULSTER DEFENCE REGIMENT CGC.
LEGACY BOOK PROJECT.
The Association is launching a Campaign to fund the
commissioning of a book that is to be the Associations record of the
experiences of their members within the Regiment.
While historical military accounts exist this book
sets out to tell what it was like to serve in Regiment and the impact
that service had on individuals and the family members who provided the
support. It also sets out to bring matters up to date by detailing the
ongoing legacy issues former members and their families have still to
cope with. More than a decade into the “Peace Process” closure for
former members is an ongoing issue. The book will explore the social
context in which the Regiment was formed and in which its members
served for what was the longest period of active service any Regiment
of the British Army served in recent history.
Whilst many lost their lives and many more bear the
physical scars, the mental strain of constantly living under threat
both on duty and at home which also continued after service still
impacts on members and their families. This book sets out to explore
their story and bring it up to date. It also sets out to address the
re-writing of history by which the Regiment is frequently vilified, its
role distorted and misrepresented.
Dr Stephen Herron has been commissioned to write the
book and to apply an academic rigour to the process. His PhD thesis was
written about the Regiment.
There will be a launch of the project in the Long Gallery at Stormont.
Currently a number of avenues are being explored to
fund the project. One of these is by Public subscription from former
members and the wider circle of families and those who supported the
Regiment. We are asking for a subscription of £25. Those who subscribe
will receive a hard back copy of the book and if they wish, their name
will be included on a list of subscribers which will be published
within the book.
We will also welcome corporate donations which will be acknowledged in the same manner if so desired.
The Association wants our story to be told in a way
that sets out the true story for future generations. The current
generation need to know our story of what was a unique sacrifice made
by so many men and women along with their families who strived to hold
THE COLLECT OF THE ULSTER DEFENCE REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
Almighty God, we pray for all members of the Regimental Association of
The Ulster Defence Regiment. We remember with pride those who have paid
the supreme sacrifice. We pray that they may not have died in vain, but
that we who are left may be loyal to their example and sense of duty.
Let not our gratefulness fail or grow weary as we seek your strength to
be ever vigilant of freedom, peace and security, and may we ever hear
the call to nobler living which echoes from the graves of those who
have died that we might live. We give thanks for all who have served in
The Ulster Defence Regiment and who have known courage to carry out
their duties without fear or favour and who have protected those in
danger; may we with them ever rejoice in the peace that you give
through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Secretary of the Regimental Association can be written to at the address below;
The Regimental Secretary
The Regimental Association of
The Ulster Defence Regiment CGC
C/O The Royal British Legion
9/11 Thomas Street
BT62 3 NP
Orders for the book can be placed online at the website of the Regimental Association.
This is found at www. udrassociation.org
Donations can be made to the Danske Bank, Dungannon
U D R Publication Account