First female UDR soldier killed by IRA.

Thursday, May 2, 1974

The first female soldier of the UDR to be killed by the IRA happened during the attack on the Deanery base of C Company, 6th Battalion The Ulster Defence Regiment, in Clogher, County Tyrone.

Opening with mortars, then continuing with small arms and rockets, the estimated forty-man IRA team mounted a sustained attack lasting for 20 minutes against the small contingent in the base which replied with rifle fire. During the attack Female Private Eva Martin was fatally struck by a rocket fragment. Her husband was serving in the base with her at the time of the attack. It was not until 1988 that a self-confessed terrorist surrendered to police in Kent, England and was subsequently tried and convicted of Private Eva Martin's murder.