13 months prior to his murder, Lt Wilson had got into his car after finishing a shift when a gunman approached and fired a revolver into his windscreen. He escaped that day, but a newspaper report following his death described him as a 'marked man'. Earlier in the Troubles he testified in court against several Official IRA members, who were subsequently jailed for a theft from his home.
|Lieutenant Joseph Wilson of 2 UDR
Lt Wilson was 53 and served in 2nd Battalion the Ulster Defence Regiment, based in Armagh. He came from Lisdown, just outside the town, and was survived by his wife and nine children. He was buried with full military honours at Knappagh Presbyterian Church. The following year his UDR company unveiled a plaque inside the church in his memory. In 1984 Lt Wilson's son-in-law was murdered by the IRA in a bomb attack.