Andrew Mason

“Hillhall battalion, Lisburn. In memory Andrew Mason.” The two small plaques are to Glen [Glenn] Clarke and “In memory of Andrew Mason (Macey) murdered 19th April 1987. Always remembered by his comrades of ‘C’ Coy – ‘B’ Battalion South Belfast Brigade UDA. Quis separabit.” The large stone is to John McMichael, Raymond Smallwood[s], Jim Guiney, shot and killed by the INLA in Dunmurry, and Mason. “Sons of Ulster do not be anxious for we will never forget you as long as the sun shines and the wind blows and the rain falls and the rivers of Ulster flow to the sea. Always remembered by volunteers from Hillhall C Company.”

Hillhall Gardens, Lisburn.

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John “Grugg” Gregg

“South East Antrim Brigade UFF. In proud memory of Brig. John “Grugg” Gregg and all fallen comrades. 4th Batt. A B C Coys. Lest we forget.” Gregg is known for the attempted killing of Gerry Adams and for being killed on the orders of Johnny Adair, which led to the expulsion of Adair’s company from the lower Shankill.

Orkney Drive, Ballykeel 2, Ballymena

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McMichael & Smallwoods

“In memory of Brigadier John McMichael, murdered by the enemies of Ulster 22nd December 1987. Lest we forget. Quis separabit.” The quadrants of the Ulster Banner include the emblems of the UDA, UFF, LPA, and UDF. For McMichael’s death South Belfast UDA A Batt.

“In proud memory of Ray Smallwoods (murdered by the enemies of Ulster 11th July 1994). … Erected by officers and volunteers of Old Warren A Coy.” Smallwoods was killed by the IRA in the garden of his home in Donard Drive, Lisburn (WP).

The King Billy board is just out of shot to the left of the wide view.

Drumbeg Drive, Lisburn.

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Common Sense

UDA commander John McMichael was also secretary of the New Ulster Political Research Group (NUPRG), a think tank of the UDA/UFF. The group argued for an independent Northern Ireland (based in part on beliefs about a separate Ulster ethnic identity) in two documents, 1979’s Beyond the Religious Divide and 1987’s Common Sense (available at CAIN), promoting the philosophy of ‘Ulster nationalism’, depicted here by the free-floating Northern Ireland. McMichael ran unsuccessfully for the Belfast South seat after the murder of Robert Bradford (see To Bathe The Sharp Sword Of My Word In Heaven).
“As John McMichael stated before his untimely death, we must share the responsibility for finding a settlement and share the responsibility of maintaining good government. He left us hope.”

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