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This service provides innocent victims with support with advocacy related issues, relating to their justice, truth and accountability needs. These include support to engage with the PSNI’s legacy unit, Police Ombudsman for NI, Coroner’s Office and support with having their experiences of the Troubles’ recorded.

‘Supporting and empowering innocent victims and survivors of the Troubles, to improve the quality of their lives’.

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ARTHUR S. HENDERSON

Reserve Constable Service Number: R747

19th April 1943 - 8th October 1974


Arthur was born in Stewartstown on 19th April 1943. He had been in the ‘B’ Specials, Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) and joined the part-time Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve.

His interests were Stewartstown Flute Band, member of the Orange Lodge, part time farming and was employed as a meter reader for Northern Ireland Electricity. Arthur was a member of the Boys’ Brigade, which he enjoyed. He was also a Sunday School teacher and a regular church goer.

Arthur married Sadie Patrick in Molesworth Presbyterian Church on 1st June 1972. They had no family. He was brutally murdered on 8th October 1974 by a car bomb on West Street, Stewartstown.

The piece on the quilt respects Arthur’s service to his country, which was created by his loving wife Sadie.

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STANLEY ADAMS

Lance Corporal Service No. 24244436

14th April 1947 - 28th October 1976


Stanley was the only son of James and Elizabeth Adams of Limehill, Pomeroy. He had three sisters, Muriel, Eileen and Lorna. He attended Pomeroy primary School and Dungannon Secondary School.

In civilian life, he farmed on a part-time basis and was employed in a full-time capacity as a postman in the Pomeroy area. He was a quiet, hardworking and honest young man, who had plans to build a new bungalow before getting married. He greatly enjoyed the company of his nieces and nephews.

He played an active part in the community of Pomeroy Presbyterian Church, as a Sunday School teacher and as a member of the badminton club. He was a member of Pomeroy Flute Band, the Secretary of Pomeroy LOL 293 and a member of Pomeroy Black Preceptory 259.

His strong sense of loyalty and devotion to duty extended beyond his church and community, to the service of his country. He had served with the Ulster Special Constabulary (USC) between October 1964 and March 1970 and then joined the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) on 14th January 1971. He served as a part-time solider in ‘K’ Company at Killymeal in Dungannon, with the rank of Lance Corporal from 1st January 1972.

On the morning of 28th October 1976, whilst doing his postal round he had to deliver a letter to a remote farmhouse at Altmore, near Pomeroy. The letter was bogus, part of the IRA plan to lure him to the location, where terrorist gunmen were laying in wait. He was ambushed and shot dead. He was 29 years old.

Lance Corporal Adams is buried at Pomeroy Presbyterian Church and is commemorated on a plaque in the church and on a memorial stone in the graveyard.

This square was designed by his sister Eileen.

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Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR)

POMEROY & DISTRICT


Sergeant Major Harold Sinnamon -  Service No 24205208

Harold was killed by a remote controlled bomb hidden in a derelict house whilst on foot patrol in Dungannon on the 11th April 1974 aged 34. He is at rest in All Saints Churchyard, Crossdernett, Pomeroy.

Lance Corporal Stanley Adams - Service No 24244436

Stanley was shot dead while delivering mail at Alktomore on the 28th October 1976 aged 29. He was off duty. He is at rest in Pomeroy Presbyterian Churchyard.

(A separate square for the quilt has been created by his sister Eileen)

Private Jim Johnston - Service Number 24308969

He was off duty when he was shot and killed at his work at Drumglass Hospital, Dungannon on the 8th May 1984 aged 28. He is at rest in Pomeroy Cemetery.

Private Trevor Harkness - Service Number 24208416

Trevor was killed by a remote controlled bomb hidden in a telegraph pole while on foot patrol in the Pomeroy area on the 28th February 1985 aged 36. He is at rest in Claggan Presbyterian Churchyard.

Private William Graham Service Number 24199351

William was shot dead while off duty at his farm on the 25th April 1987, aged 44. He is at rest in Pomeroy Presbyterian churchyard.

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CIVILIANS

POMEROY & DISTRICT


Eric Boyd

Eric was a former member of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR). He was shot dead on his way home from work on the Altmore Road, Cappagh on 5th August 1991. He was aged 42. He is at rest in Pomeroy Cemetery.

Matt Boyd

Matt was shot dead while driving his car along Donaghmore Road, Dungannon on 11th January 1993. He was aged 60. He is at rest in Pomeroy Cemetery.

David Martin

David was a former member of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR). He was killed by a booby trap bomb attached to his car which exploded while travelling along Flo Road, Kildress on 25th April 1993. He was aged 33. (A separate square for the quilt was created by his wife Hilda) This Pomeroy & District square for the memory quilt was completed by Beth Irwin.

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DAVID McQUILLAN

Private Service Number: 24280973

18th July 1940 - 15th March 1977


David was born and bred in the townland of Bellaghy. David was married to Annie and they had three children David, Ann and William. They lived in Bellaghy in County Londonderry.

David joined the 5th Co. Londonderry Battalion of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR), part time, in 1972. David worked as a labourer and on the 15th March 1977 while waiting for a lift to his work with a building contractor, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) shot him. David’s son and daughter were a short distance away waiting for the school bus. His son David ran to his father’s side but he knew that sadly his father was dead.

David was 36 years of age and he was a member of Ballymacombs Accordian Band. He was also a member of the Orange Order which is reflected in this memory square along with the tools of the building trade.

This square was created by his daughter Ann on behalf of their family in memory of their Dad.

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DAVID GRAHAM

Corporal Service Number: 23465537

10th July 1938 - 25th March 1977


David Graham was born on the 10th July 1938. He was the first-born son of Richard and Margaret Graham, and brother to Ethel, John and Jim. David married Eileen McMinn on the 16th March 1964. They had three children, Derek, Alan and Serena.

David loved life, especially his family, but he also had a keen interest in greyhounds, he owned and raced a few over the years. He was a dedicated member of Tamnamore LOL 513, the Bush Black RBP 4 and Dungannon Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffalos (ROAB). and a member of the Territorial Army (TA), 5th Enniskillen.

In 1972 David became a part time member of the 8th Ulster Defence Regiment, (UDR). He served for 5 years until 15th March 1977 when at his civilian place of work, Masstock factory, Coalisland, masked gunmen cowardly shot David from behind. He lived for 10 days, but sadly after this inhumane attack David died from his injuries on the 25th March 1977. The provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) took responsibility of his murder.

The patch represents David’s family, and Grandchildren. and his passion for gardening and greyhounds. The fork indicates the names of his wife Eileen his children, Derek, Alan and Serena.

The shed displays the meaning Grandfather, David, Lyle, Christopher, Alan, Adam, Joshua, Danielle and Rebecca the Grandchildren he never got to meet. The patch was put together by his daughter Serena.

David lies resting in Killyman Parish Church graveyard.

Until we meet again ... loved and never forgotten.

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HUGH HENRY MARTIN

Reserve Constable Service Number: R499

29th January 1919 - 2nd June 1977


Hugh Henry Martin grew up at Carnan, Stewartstown and in February 1944 he married Georgina Elizabeth Ruddell, over the next 10 years they had 8 children, 2 boys and 6 girls, sadly one of the girls, Hazel, died at 1 day old.

He always put his family first and worked diligently all his adult life. His Church and faith were always important to him which kept him strong during many troubled times.

He spent his adult life giving service to his country (Northern Ireland). At 21 he joined the Home Guards and served from 1940 to 1944, he then joined the Ulster Special Constabulary (USC) and served 30 years until it was disbanded. In October 1970 he joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve (RUCR) part time and was stationed in Stewartstown, after 4 years he signed up full time and continued to serve through very difficult times.

His family, his service to his country and his Christianity are all symbolised within the square on this Memorial Quilt.

He was brutally murdered by cowardly terrorists at Carnan, Stewartstown on 2nd June 1977. Two young colleagues travelling in the same patrol car also lost their lives.

“Not just today but every day in silence we remember”

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JOHN HENRY (JACK) SCOTT

Reserve Constable

19th January 1930 - 22nd June 1979


Jack was born in Canada 19th January 1930, third in the family to Sam and Mabel. Jack had one brother Bobby and three sisters Lily, Anna and Elizabeth. His mum died in Canada when he was just 4 years old, the family returned to Fintona, County Tyrone.

Jack’s father remarried and together with his brother they moved to Ardboe, where they worked on their father’s farm.

Jack didn’t remain working on the farm, he developed a skill for driving HGV lorries and commenced work with Sinclair’s in Stewartstown and also W.J. Hagan in Kingsmills, until the Milk Marketing Board took over W.J. Hagan’s firm. He then continued his employment with them.

Romance blossomed when he met his lovely wife, wee Sarah Dallas and they married in 1955. They went on to have 9 children, Philip, Alvin, Jacqueline, Pamela, Robert, Kenneth, David, Alistair and Nigel. They resided at 1 Moneymore Road, Cookstown.

Jack was a member of the B Specials until they were disbanded and joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserves (RUCR) in 1970.

He enjoyed playing the accordion, so much so that he would have entertained in local orange halls ... like Ochill and Tamlaght. His payment for these events was the princely sum of £1. He also belonged to Tamlaght accordion band from Coagh and was a member of Tamlaght LOL 160.

While Jack was at his full-time job in the Milk Marketing Board on the 22nd June 1979, he was murdered by terrorists in Ardboe where he had lived as a teenager. His eldest child was 22 years old and the youngest just 7 years old.

His love for the accordion has been chosen for the memory quilt, with the names Jack and Sarah and all 9 siblings names lovingly stitched onto the bellows by his daughter Jacqueline and son-in-law Noel Glasgow.

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ANDREW (ALFIE) WOODS

Constable Service Number: 10144

2nd August 1931 - 2nd August 1981


Alfie was married to Mary for almost 25 years. They had six children, three boys and three girls. He also had three brothers and three sisters with whom he was very close.

Alfie joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in 1969, before this he worked for the Water Board, he also had a small farm which he worked on. Alfie was an Orangeman and was a very keen fisherman.

He was murdered on his 50th birthday in a landmine explosion outside Loughmacorry, near Omagh along with his colleague Constable John Smyth.

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MARY WOODS

Wife of Andrew (Alfie) Woods

16th March 1931 - 16th August 1982


Mary was a very genuine, caring person, she was also a Christian and lived a life of caring for her family and helping others out whenever she could. She stayed at home raising her six children, she loved cycling and walking. She never recovered from losing her soul mate. Mary died a year later of a broken heart.

The hands on the quilt are of four of their grandchildren who they never got to meet.

This square was made on behalf of one of their daughters Jean

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JAMES (JIM) GIBSON

Private Service Number: 24208559

Former member of the UDR

21st August 1932 - 2nd December 1982


Husband of the late Robina and father to Philip, Glenn (Late), Beth, Billy, Derek, Dougie, Sandra and Audrey.

Jim, a 50-year-old Protestant civilian, a widower with 7 children and a bus driver was a former member of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR). Mr. Gibson stopped his Ulsterbus to let children off at the Annaghmore crossroads when 2 masked men approached.

One of the gunmen entered the bus and opened fire. A 13-year-old girl was sitting in the front of the bus and said: “suddenly I heard shots. I saw Mr. Gibson. His head fell to 1 side and the bus was still moving because he had tried to drive on. The bus then went into the ditch. It was horrific”. Her 11-year-old brother said: “I was sitting in the 2nd seat from the back. I heard shots, about 7 or 8, and then 1 of the children in the front of the bus jumped up and told everyone to lie down and keep cool. A boy who was 14 managed to open the back emergency exit and we all crawled out”. A woman living nearby said: “I heard the crack-crack and I thought it was the bus backfiring. Then I looked out and he was slumped on the wheel. I was horrified. All the youngsters on the bus were in hysterics. I took 3 of them ... 2 boys and a wee girl into the house. They were in a bad state and they were all screaming”.

Mr. Gibson’s family said that his movements must have been watched because out of 29 weeks, he drove the bus only 1 week. Mr. Gibson was from Coagh but was living in Dungannon at the time.

Callously murdered on 2nd December 1982, whilst driving Catholic children home from school in Clonoe near Coalisland.

The tartan on our square is the ‘Gibson Tartan’

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DAVID WILSON

Civilian

27th April 1947 – 17th May 1986


David grew up in Gortnaglush, Dungannon, the youngest son of Walter and Minnie Wilson and brother of Kenneth, Wilfred and Eric.

He married Hilary Dobson in September 1972 and they had two daughters Claire and Alison. He was a wonderful husband and father.

David was a faithful member of Donaghmore Upper Parish Church serving on the select vestry and as a church warden in 1985. He was a member of Newmills Silver Band, Newmills LOL 183 and Bloomhill RBP 1147.

David was a member of Newmills Boys Brigade for many years and was Lieutenant in the Company section 1969 - 1970, and Captain 1975 - 1976.

David ran his own hardware business in Castlecaulfied village from February 1974 until his murder in Donaghmore by IRA gunmen on 17th May 1986.

This memory square was designed by David’s wife Hilary, daughters Claire and Alison and was made by Betty Burrowes (a family friend).

‘Never a day passes without a thought of you’

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EDWARD (NED) GIBSON

Private

Service Number: 24715186

11th July 1965 - 26th April 1988


Ned was born in Coagh, County Tyrone 11th July 1965, the youngest son of Stewart and Betty. He had two brothers Evans and John also two sisters Lyn and Alison. Alison died at the age of 18 as the result of a car accident.

Ned’s education was spent in Tamlaght Primary School, Cookstown High School, and Omagh Training Centre.

At 16 years of age Ned met Wendy from Omagh when they were at a dance. The 50cc motorbike represented on this quilt square signifies his mode of travel while courting Wendy. Of course a nickname was given as it was only a 50cc, it was referred to as Ned on his flying 5-0 as it would have taken him 2 hours to get from Omagh to Coagh and of course there would have been a few stops for a smoke break during the journey.

Ned and Wendy were married on the 14th April 1984 in Edenderry Presbyterian Church Omagh with their reception in Hanover House, Coagh which his Uncle Bryson owned at the time. The significance of the roses on the quilt is for their daughter Marlene who was born in March 1985. On this occasion the nurses teased Wendy about the young man bringing 4 red roses behind his back and 3 meant I love you…..Wendy’s reply was that 4 meant I love you forever.

The collerette represents the orange lodge Tamlaght LOL 160, of which Ned was a member following in his father and brothers footsteps.

As like any other young couple they struggled with family life, there was tough times financially as neither of them had jobs. In his short life he had a variety of jobs, from joinery, bacon factory, bar, until finally he was successful in employment with Cookstown Council.

In 1987 things improved and they decided to buy a house via co-ownership and then Ned made the decision to join the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) part time. Ned was so proud when he brought home his kit bag, Wendy never got to see him in his uniform as 8 weeks after he joined 26th April 1988 the Provisional IRA (PIRA) terrorists murdered Ned while he was at his full time job in the council, collecting bins at 15 Aneeter Road, Coagh. He was 22 years of age.

Our small family has never been the same but has survived despite the PIRA terrorists trying to destroy us. We will never get over the loss of Ned, husband, father, son, brother, friend but we have learnt to live with it and remember him every day.

God has been kind enough to bless us with Mia, born 13-4-2015 a granddaughter for Ned and Wendy. Mia knows all about her granda Ned and how he was murdered

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LESLIE DALLAS

Private

Service Number: 24275823

Former member of the UDR

4th June 1950 - 7th March 1989


Leslie was born at Urbal lane, Coagh the son of James and Eleanor Dallas. He had 3 sisters and 4 brothers. He was educated at Coagh Primary and Cookstown Secondary School. On leaving school he trained as a car salesman, first with Sam Bell Motors, Cookstown and then with Joe Reid Car Sales, Portglenone before he started his own business Dallas Motors, Main Street, Coagh. He married Hazel Sommerville from Newmills and they had 2 children Elaine and Alan.

Leslie enjoyed playing football and snooker, but his main love was motor sport. He had success in Auto test events, rallies and hill climbs, and then took up Hot Rod Racing. He excelled in this sport with many wins including World of Wheels Grand Prix at Newtonabbot, the UK and Scottish Open Championship in Cowdenbeath, national Hot Rods Association Championship at Ipswich. This success culminated in his winning the European Championship in 1986. The family enjoyed travelling with him to these events.

He enlisted with the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) on 26th January 1972 and served in ‘G’ Company in Cookstown. He resigned later that year. On 7th March 1989 Leslie and Hazel had just returned from Cookstown and stopped at the garage to wait for the children arriving on the school buses. As they were chatting to two friends Ernie Rankin and Austin Nelson a car approached from the Urbal Road a gun man got out and sprayed Leslie’s car and garage with more than 50 rounds of automatic fire. Hazel was lucky to survive but the three men died at the scene. Minutes later the school buses arrived carrying Leslie’s children, Elaine and Alan, they both had to witness the horrific scene of their father’s murder.

Leslie was buried at Coagh Presbyterian Church and is commemorated in the church and in Coagh Orange Hall.

This square was designed by his wife Hazel.

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ALBERT DAVID COOPER

Sergeant Major

Service Number: 24205129

25th April 1948 - 2nd November 1990


Albert was married with three children. He had a keen interest in rallying and participated early in life but later enjoyed it as a spectator sport. He also loved music and took part in karaoke at every opportunity.

Albert took pride in being a member of the Orange Order, the Royal Black Institution and the Masonic.

Albert had a long-distinguished military career, initially a member of the Ulster Special Constabulary (USC), he joined the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) on 7th March 1970. He also owned his own business, the Mid Ulster Exhaust Centre.

On 2nd November 1990 a woman telephoned his garage asking him to fit a new exhaust to her car. She delivered the car a short time later and when Albert opened the car door it exploded killing him instantly.

This square was designed by his wife Linda

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