The Last Coleraine Militia

The History of E Company 5th (Co Londonderry) Battalion The Ulster Defence Regiment

1970 - 2007

E Company Headquarters, Laurel Hill House, Coleraine

Irish History

Coleraine History

Standing Armies and Militias 

Coleraine Garrison and the Rebellions

Military Tradition and the New Militias

The First Officer Commanding E Company

Prelude to Terrorism

E Company - The Early Years - The 70s

E Company - The Middle Years - the 80s

E Company - The Final Years - The 90s

The Part Time Platoons

The Garvagh Detachment

The Permanent Cadre

Women in the UDR




Personal Security

Family Support


Extra Curricular

Civilian Employment

Welfare Matters

The End



Last Update : October 14 2008

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