First operational deployment of Greenfinches.

Sun, 10/28/1973
A 'Greenfinch' Radio Operator.

The first recorded deployment of Women's Ulster Defence Regiment personnel, or 'Greenfinches', on operations was in the 10th Battalion The Ulster Defence Regiment on the night of 28 October 1973. Four Greenfinches from C Company at Girdwood took part in the 10 UDR mobile patrol. The regular operational employment of Greenfinches began on 5 November 1973.

Initially the Greenfinches were required to wear skirts on duty and not combat trousers. This was found to be unsuitable in midwinter and it was then left to the Commanding Officer's discretion as to what uniform was appropriate for a task.