Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1977, Major J. Peter Hill, the Ulster Defence Regiment, was killed in Northern Ireland.
Major Hill, a businessman with a large furniture and drapery firm, had been a part-time member of the Ulster Defence Regiment. He had also previously served with the North Irish Horse, a yeomanry unit of the Territorial Army.
On the day of his death he had returned to his home from work when he was shot by members of the IRA who had been waiting in a car parked outside his house. He had decided to leave the regiment due to the stress he was under, between keeping a business going in Londonderry, and commanding the only UDR company in the west of the Foyle, recruitment having virtually dried up. Major Hill was also involved with his church, the local Chamber of Commerce and an operatic society. His letter of resignation was found on his body.
Peter, from Londonderry, was 45 years old and married with three children.