It is appropriate that one of the few Falkland Islands flags flown permanently outside the island, should fly over this Memorial. Those who participated and lost their lives in the Liberation of our Islands in 1982 will always be remembered with gratitude and the many memorials around the island are important focal points for us. One of the most moving ceremonies during the visit of HRH the Prince of Wales, in March this year, was when he laid a wreath at the Parachute Memorial at Goose Green. The Memorial here in Northern Ireland is a fitting tribute to all members of the Parachute Regiment who have died in the service of their Country.

Ms Sukey Cameron Representative Falkland Islands Government

Falkands War 2 Para Memorial Goose Green / Darwin, Falkland Islands...

This is the Marble Stone I had cut, polished and engraved in Northern Ireland for the South Atlantic Medal Association 1982, The Royal Air Force kindly flew it out of RAF Aldergrove to RAF Brize Norton were the Army picked it up and drove it to Aldershot and installed it at the Parachute Regiment plot in Aldershot Military Cemetery. The Stone is Black South African Marble and came from just north of Cape Town ,South Africa Via Holland and warren Point in Northern Ireland which are two well landmarks to the Parachute Regiment. (Memorial Custodian)

The photograph shown here (below) was taken by task force sailor, Able Seaman (Radar) Ken Griffiths of HMS Cardiff (Sheffield Class, Type 42 destroyer). 18 year old Griffiths was tasked with delivering much needed rum to the Field Hospital at Ajax Bay, San Carlos in June 1982. Having completed his task he visited the graves of the fallen and was moved to record what he saw - images that he says will remain with him always. The largest grave, surrounded by white stones is the resting place of Fifteen soldiers of 2 Para KIA at Goose Green, including Colonel H Jones.

Fifteen members of 2 Para that were KIA at Goose Green - including Colonel H Jones Para Goose Green Memorial

At the time he was unaware of the significance of this large grave and indeed twenty five years had past before he decided to do any research relating to his pictures. Having read extensively he came across the following:

David Cooper, Chaplain, 2 Para wrote:

My next problem was actually collecting the dead, and I was able to use a Marine BV which had come down from San Carlos, and a small party of soldiers. Once we got the bodies back to Goose Green, I was told they could not be flown out to San Carlos for at least twenty- four hours, giving me plenty of time to identify them.

It suddenly dawned on Ken that these brave souls were buried at Ajax Bay and he had visited their grave soon after they were laid to rest. He had assumed that 2 Para had buried their dead somewhere near the battlefield.

Michael Thomas Nicholson, ITN correspondent, wrote:

We attended the burial of Fifteen PARAS, including Colonel H Jones. It was a drizzly, dirty cold morning, perfect for funerals, and they dug a long pit. The PARAS stood around the pit, which was already filling with water, and they laid out the black body bags. A Royal Marine bomb disposal expert who wrote poems stood on the hill just behind the funeral playing a dirge on his fiddle, with soft murmuring of prayer and the body bags being slowly covered by water.

2ND Battalion THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT

LT COL. H JONES. VC. OBE

28 MAY 1982

Lt Col H Jones VC Artwork by Paul Chappell
CAPTAIN. C DENT

28 MAY 1982

[ Captain Chris Dent ]

Captain Chris Dent and his wife Cathy on their wedding day ...

CAPTAIN. D A WOOD

28 MAY 1982

Capt David Wood

Below are two photo's taken at Capt Woods Grave and Glenrothes PRA rededicating the 2nd Stone in 1996.

LT. J A BARRY

28 MAY 1982

[ LT. J A BARRY ]

600 troops took part in the battle for Goose Green on 28 May 1982. Of these, 17 were killed and 64 wounded. The British were heavily outnumbered by the Argentinean force which also sustained heavy losses.

CPL. D HARDMAN. M.I.D.

28 MAY 1982

[ CPL. D HARDMAN. M.I.D. ]

Thanks to Jimmy O'Connell ... 3 Para (Falklands Vet)

David Hardman was killed during the Falklands War. The 22-year-old corporal died at the Battle of Darwin and Goose Green, one of the first engagements in a conflict which ended with British troops re-taking the South Atlantic islands from Argentina. Born in 1960 and the youngest of a family of four, David’s early years were spent on the Beechfield small holding in Meikle Earnock Road.

His father Thomas, a Ravenscraig worker, died aged 39 when he was electrocuted in an accident at the small holding. Following the tragedy, David moved with his mother Agnes, brother Frank and sisters Ann and Barbara to a flat in Strathaven Road, Hamilton. Agnes, a waitress at the Popinjay Hotel, Rosebank, died in 1977 at the age of 53, and it was Ann, now 55, who brought up her youngest brother. David attended Low Waters Primary and St John’s Grammar and played football for his school teams and the Boys’ Brigade.

In 1976, immediately after leaving school, David joined Second Battalion, the Parachute Regiment. He became a career soldier signing up for three years and later a further nine years. He honed his fitness and, according to Ann, was rarely seen with alcohol and, apparently, never went with girls. She added, however: “After he died, we received a number of telephone calls from girls he knew, so I think he was a bit of a dark horse.” David was promoted to lance corporal in 1977 and at the time of death had passed the stringent testing required for entry to the SAS. He served two years in Northern Ireland and narrowly escaped an IRA blast which killed 15 Paras and three members of the Queen’s Own Highlanders at Warrenpoint on August 28, 1979. Ann, who still lives in the Strathaven Road flat, said despite that horrific experience her brother remained committed to the Paras.

He was “rarin’ to go” when Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sent the British Task Force south to remove Argentine forces from the Falklands. “He was home on leave and having a bath when he got the telegram telling him to report back to (the Paras’ base) at Aldershot,” added Ann. “I had never heard of the Falklands but David was glad they were going to see some action. He went away next day and that was the last I saw of him.”

David was killed on May 28, one of 17 members of 2 Para to die in the British assault on Argentine positions at Goose Green and Darwin. Goose Green was considered important to the invasion plan because of its close proximity to the British Forces’ beachhead at San Carlos. It was a fierce battle in which more than 1000 Argentine troops, many of them dug in, faced 600 members of 2 Para. The fighting spread over two days and David died when, with 2 Para’s commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel H Jones, he tried to wipe out an enemy machine gun position. Ann said: “Colonel Jones asked for volunteers to go over a hill and our David was the first with his hand up.” John Geddes, who fought with 2 Para that day and later wrote about the conflict in the book ‘Spearhead Assault: our fight to save the Falklands’, said David had been “shot up in an ill-fated assault on Argy positions”. He wrote that ‘Jock’ Hardman was a comrade for whom he would have died, and he added: “One of the other lads had been forced to use (David Hardman’s) body as cover and felt it twitching with enemy fire as Jock defended him even to the death.”

For his bravery in 2 Para’s victory at Goose Green, David was Mentioned in Dispatches. He is buried at Wellhall Cemetery, Hamilton, where a service is each year held in memory of him and two other Paras who died on active service and are interred there. Ann, who worked until retirement at the Popinjay, has a 33-year-old daughter, Alyson, and two grandchildren. She still chokes back tears as she remembers her brother and remains bitter that he died in a war that she believes could have been avoided. “Margaret Thatcher went into it too quickly without thinking of the consequences,” she said. “There could have been a diplomatic solution.” Ann added: “I couldn’t be more proud of David, but I wish he had not given his life for his country. “That, though, is me being selfish. I couldn’t have held him back. He would have knocked me down to get out of the door to go. He would definitely put his life on the line for the Paras; they were like his second family. “And if he had not died in the Falklands, it could have been somewhere else. It’s what he wanted to do. I am more than proud of him, but I miss him so much and I am just waiting until I get to see him again.”

CPL. S R PRIOR

28 MAY 1982

Steve Prior ... Killed Goose Green CPL. S R PRIOR

600 troops took part in the battle for Goose Green on 28 May 1982. Of these, 17 were killed and 64 wounded. The British were heavily outnumbered by the Argentinean force which also sustained heavy losses.

CPL. P S SULLIVAN

28 MAY 1982

[ CPL. P S SULLIVAN ]

600 troops took part in the battle for Goose Green on 28 May 1982. Of these, 17 were killed and 64 wounded. The British were heavily outnumbered by the Argentinean force which also sustained heavy losses.

L/CPL. G D BINGLEY. MM

28 MAY 1982

L/CPL.G D BINGLEY. MM

600 troops took part in the battle for Goose Green on 28 May 1982. Of these, 17 were killed and 64 wounded. The British were heavily outnumbered by the Argentinean force which also sustained heavy losses.

LCPL. A CORK

28 MAY 1982

[ LCPL. A CORK ]

600 troops took part in the battle for Goose Green on 28 May 1982. Of these, 17 were killed and 64 wounded. The British were heavily outnumbered by the Argentinean force which also sustained heavy losses.

L/CPL. N R SMITH

28 MAY 1982

[ L/CPL. N R SMITH ]

600 troops took part in the battle for Goose Green on 28 May 1982. Of these, 17 were killed and 64 wounded. The British were heavily outnumbered by the Argentinean force which also sustained heavy losses.

PTE. STEPHEN JEFFREY DIXON

28 MAY 1982

[ PTE. STEPHEN JEFFREY J DIXON ] [ PTE. STEPHEN JEFFREY J DIXON ]

600 troops took part in the battle for Goose Green on 28 May 1982. Of these, 17 were killed and 64 wounded. The British were heavily outnumbered by the Argentinean force which also sustained heavy losses.

PTE. M W FLETCHER (MID)

28 MAY 1982

[ PTE. M W FLETCHER (MID) ] [ PTE. M W FLETCHER (MID) ]

600 troops took part in the battle for Goose Green on 28 May 1982. Of these, 17 were killed and 64 wounded. The British were heavily outnumbered by the Argentinean force which also sustained heavy losses.

PTE. M HOLMAN-SMITH

28 MAY 1982

[ PTE. MARK HOLMAN-SMITH ]

600 troops took part in the battle for Goose Green on 28 May 1982. Of these, 17 were killed and 64 wounded. The British were heavily outnumbered by the Argentinean force which also sustained heavy losses.

PTE. S ILLINGSWORTH DCM

28 MAY 1982

600 troops took part in the battle for Goose Green on 28 May 1982. Of these, 17 were killed and 64 wounded. The British were heavily outnumbered by the Argentinean force which also sustained heavy losses.

2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment

MONDAY, 11th OCTOBER 1982 MINISTRY OF DEFENCE HONOURS AND AWARDS ARMY DEPARTMENT

The QUEEN has been graciously pleased to approve the Posthumous award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the under mentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the operations in the South Atlantic:

Distinguished Conduct Medal 24579367 Private Stephen ILLINGSWORTH, The Parachute Regiment

In the early hours of 28th May 1982, the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment launched an attack on enemy positions in the area of the Darwin and Goose Green settlements on the Island of East Falkland. The enemy were thought to be entrenched in battalion strength. In the event, their numbers were far greater and fierce fighting ensued all day.

Private Illingsworth was a member of 5 Platoon, which was the depth platoon in B Company's advance. At one point the advance came under heavy and accurate enemy fire, and OC B Company attacked the enemy position with his leading platoons, leaving 5 Platoon to provide covering fire. Dawn was growing stronger and it became clear that 5 Platoon was in fact exposed on a long forward slope without protection and very vulnerable to increasingly heavy enemy machine gun and rifle fire. Its position became untenable and it was ordered to withdraw back over the crest. It was during this manoeuvre that one of their number was hit in the back.

Private Illingsworth, who had already reached comparative safety himself, immediately rushed forward in full view and fire of the enemy, accompanied by another soldier, to help their wounded comrade. In an effort to locate the wound they removed his weapon and webbing equipment, and having administered First Aid, dragged the soldier back over the crest line, despite a hail of enemy fire which miraculously missed them. Once in a position of safety, Private Illingsworth continued to tend the injured man's wounds.

The fire fight continued intensively, and 5 Platoon began to run short of ammunition. Remembering that he had left the webbing equipment with ammunition in it, lying on the exposed forward slope, Private Illingsworth decided to go forward alone to collect it. Disregarding the enemy fire, which was still extremely heavy he broke cover and advanced once again down the forward slope. As he did so he was killed.

In these two acts of supreme courage Private Illingsworth showed a complete disregard for his own safety, and a total dedication to others. Whilst his action in coming to the help of a wounded soldier may have been almost instinctive on seeing the plight of a comrade, his move forward to collect much need ammunition for his beleagured platoon was a display of coolly-calculated courage and heroism of the very highest order.

PTE. T MECHAN

28 MAY 1982

[ Tommy Mechan ]

Tommy Mechan 2 Para Killed Goose Green 1982

A/sgt. g p m findlay

13 JUN 1982

[ SGT Gordon  P M FINDLAY  ]

SGT. Gordon P M Findlay

PTE. D A PARR

13 JUN 1982

[ PTE. D A PARR ]
PTE. F SLOUGH

13 JUN 1982

Pte Slough

3RD Battalion THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT

[ James O,Connell  ex 3 Para for sending photo ]

Thanks to James O,Connell ex 3 Para for sending the above photos

I know you are there

When I feel a breeze, I know you are there.
A shining star in the dark night sky, I know you are there.
The midday sun blinds my eyes; I know you are there.
The freezing snow bites my toes; I know you are there.
I see the blooms of spring; I know you are there.

The glorious colours of summer remind me, you are there.
The autumn leaves have fallen; I know you are there.
My only wish is that you where here, and not over there.

In remembrance of the 23 Men and Boys of the 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment.

They paid the ultimate price for the freedom of others.
11th - 13th June 1982
Mount Longdon.

Chris Howard at the milan position on Longdon ...

Chris Howard looking down on the trench where 2 of the lads were killed from 3 Para

Thanks to STEVEN NICHOLSON


SGT. I J MCKAY. VC

11 JUN 1982

CPL. K J MCCARTHY

[ Keith (Ginge) McCarthy ]

11 JUN 1982

[ Ginge McCarthy and little (Westy) Philip West ] Ginge McCarthy and little (Westy) Philip West.

Ginge is 3rd on the left tall bloke with moustache and the little bloke in front of him is Westy they died together on Mount Longdon.

The Milan section took direct hit Peter Hedicker also died with them but is not on photo, the photo is of Major Dennison giving the brief to go on Longdon.

CPL. S HOPE

11 JUN 1982

Left ...

Steven Hope [ CPL. S HOPE ]

[ Corporal Stevie Hope (3 Para) KIA Mount Longdon and Corporal Laurence Watts (42 Commando, Royal Marines) KIA Mount Harriet ]

The photo opposite

The picture shows the initial resting place of Corporal Stevie Hope (3 Para) KIA Mount Longdon and Corporal Laurence Watts (42 Commando, Royal Marines) KIA Mount Harriet. Both these brave servicemen died June 11th 1982 and their bodies flown to Ajax Bay, San Carlos where they were interred temporarily together.

Photo from his friend and comrade JIMMYTX3@aol.com

Above shows the temporary graveyard and field hospital at Ajax Bay, San Carlos

Many thanks to Ken Griffiths Able Seaman (Radar) HMS Cardiff 1982. ... If anyone would like to contact Ken, he would love to hear from you email ... Click here

Airborne Cemetery at San Carlos Bay

> CPL. S. P. F. MCLAUGHLIN >11 JUN 1982

Cpl. S.P.F.Mclaughlin

Stewart McLaughlin's grave is buried not far from were Jimmy O'Connell lives ... Jimmy took this photo.

To E-Mail Jimmy click here

> L/CPL. P HIGGS >11 JUN 1982

[ Pete Higgs ]

Left to right Pete Higgs, Colin Charlton and Paul "Ski" Bachurzewski all from patrols, the photo was passed to me (Jimmy O'Connell) by Ski.

Thanks to Jimmy O'Connell for passing this photo on.

Want to contact Jimmy ? ... click here

> L/CPL. J MURDOCH >11 JUN 1982

[ Doc Murdoch ]

Doc Murdoch

[ Doc Murdoch ]

[ Doc Murdoch ]

> L/CPL. C K LOVETT. MID

[ L/CPL. C K LOVETT. MID ] >11 JUN 1982 [ L/CPL. C K LOVETT. MID ]

>L/CPL. DAVE SCOTT >11 JUN 1982

[ DAVE SCOTT ]

> PTE. GERALD BULL

[ PTE. GERALD BULL ] >11 JUN 1982


Pte Jason Burt

From Jason's Mum and Dad From a very young age Jason was very Independent, he was also a great sportsman and loved fishing he was also an avid supporter of his beloved Chelsea, Jason will be missed for ever. Love Mum and Dad From Jason's Brother, Remembering you Jason with love, respect and pride, MY Brother, My Friend, My Hero. Love Jarvis

Please click here for a personal letter form Jason's Company Commander and another from Ronald Duffy... "Duffy" was with Jason on Mount Longdon... "How he Died" Please remember that Jason was 17 years old when he went into battle...

Before the Army Jason was a pupil at "Sir George Monoux College"

REMEMBRANCE Each year on the 11 November at 11.00am a ceremony is held in the Memorial Quadrangle at Monoux in memory of fellow Monovians who gave their lives in the 1914-1918 war, the 1939-1945 war, and the Falklands War. All Monovians, whether members or not are invited to join with us on this occasion. In 2002 our ceremony was led by Father Ron Robinson (59-63) and the Last Post and Reville were sounded by a music student at Monoux.

> PTE. JASON BURT >11 JUN 1982

Pte Jason Crow

> PTE. J CROW

>11 JUN 1982

> Pte Mark Dodsworth 3 Para Mark and  Amazon

> PTE. M. DODSWORTH

>12 JUN 1982


>PTE. ANTHONY GREENWOOD

[ Anthony GREENWOOD ] >11 JUN 1982


Pte N.

> PTE. N >11 JUN 1982

For much of his early life Neil lived in the West Country and then in Gosport, Hants. He even had the lilt in his accent to say so. However I know from some research that he was actually born on the 11 June 1964 in the village of Stanbridge and resided there until some time in 1966 when his family moved west. I joined the Junior Parachute Company (JPC) on the same day as Neil on 09:09.80 and was billeted in the same section and room as he. Over the next twenty months, initially in the Depot and then with B company 3 Para, we and other young soldiers forged an indelible brotherhood. From the very first day in JPC it was obvious that Neil was different from the majority of us trainee paratroopers. He was calm and measured in all that he did. He was not in the least aggressive, preferring a more cerebral approach to his soldiering. His talent for soldiering and leadership was recognised by the training staff and Neil was soon to be made up to a junior NCO. In-fact he was on the shortlist of two to become the junior company sergeant major, unfortunately missing out on the post by the narrowest of margins. At the beginning of 1982 a group of us were posted to B coy 3 Para to start our adult soldiering careers. Neil continued to exude those rich, rare qualities that made all that knew him respect and love him immensely. In April of that year we sailed on the SS Canberra to the Falklands. As seventeen year olds we were embarking on the greatest adventure of our lives and Neil tackled this period of great excitement with an attitude well in advance of his tender age. He participated in 3 Para's celebrated advance across the islands with good humour, motivating and inspiring many of his friends just through his presence. I last saw Neil on the evening of the 10th June when we were briefed by the company commander about the pending attack on Longdon. Many of us youngsters got together to discuss the work ahead. It was an emotional time that was driven by the realisation that the company would be losing men to the ravages of war in the coming hours. I spoke to Neil and others that had been together since September 1980 and the prevailing mood was sombre yet positive. On his eighteenth birthday Neil advanced to contact with the company, attacking positions with 4 Platoon to the northern side of the ridge. At some time after midnight on the 12th June Neil was shot in the chest and died some three hours later as his friends struggled to save his life. I heard of his death by a mutual friend in the Regimental aid post at some point during the next morning. Two other friends from our time in Juniors died that night, and the loss still bites. The battalion lost twenty three dead on Longdon, many from B company who led he initial assault. Without exaggeration Neil was an exceptional soldier and human being. In the time I knew him I never heard a detrimental comment aimed at him. He had a large circle of friends who trusted his actions and decisions implicitly. His cool head and caring nature are recognised as only two of his great characteristics. Additionally his humour in abundance often lightened the tiring, painful workload we all shared. Having spoken recently to other veterans I can qualify that this is not my isolated opinion, more a widely held understanding amongst all that knew him that Neil was a true hero throughout his short life. Stanbridge, his place of birth, can be truly proud to have a son such as he. JB, B coy, 3 Para ... Want to read more ... The Falklands Conflict - or some personal Memoirs Click Here

>PTE. P HEDICKER

[ PTE. P HEDICKER ] >11 JUN 1982

Peter was born on May 25th 1960, in the Louise Margaret Hospital, Aldershot. He was the second son of Rita and the late Bill Hedicker; his father was a career soldier who spent 27 years in the Royal Army Service Corps, later the Royal Corps of Transport. As an "Army brat" Peter went to eight schools, finishing up at the Heron Wood school in Aldershot. During his school years he was a keen Cub and Scout. On leaving, he did a number of different jobs in and around Aldershot, including time as a barman in the Royal Exchange public house, where he met and made friends with a number of young soldiers from the Parachute Regiment. This prompted his decision to join up in September 1980, the same month in which his father hung up his own beret on retirement.

Peter's pre-induction haircut was a major sponsorship event, supported by the regulars and staff of the Royal Exchange!

On completion of his training, which was completed without incident or injury, Private Peter Hedicker was posted to 3 PARA, then in Aldershot, but which was subsequently moved to Tidworth. He chose to specialise in Infantry Support Weapons, and became an expert member of a Milan ATGM (Anti-Tank Guided Missile) fire team.

In this role he deployed to the South Atlantic in "SS CANBERRA", landing on the Falkland Islands with 3 PARA on Friday May 21st 1982 as part of the amphibious assault conducted by 3rd Commando Brigade. Peter then took part in the epic "tab" from Port San Carlos to Estancia House, and subsequently across the Murrell River to the start line for the battle of Mount Longdon. During that long, hard fight on the night of June 12th Peter was killed, along with Corporal Keith "Ginge" McCarthy and Private Phil West of his Milan team, by a direct hit from an Argentine 106mm recoiless weapon. Peter was temporarily interred with his 3 PARA colleagues at Teal Inlet, then repatriated by sea to Southampton in November. After a funeral with full military honours, his body now lies in the Aldershot Military Cemetery, next to that of Sergeant Ian McKay VC. His name is also recorded on the nearby granite memorial to the members of the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces who gave their lives in the cause of Freedom.

Peter is survived by his mother, Rita, and by his brother Stephen and sister, Nicola. In his name, they are all Special Members of SAMA82 and Palace Barracks Memorial Garden.

Pte Tim Jenkins

[ Pte Tim Jenkins ]

The grave along side him is his Mother who died three years later

[ Mrs Jenkins ]

>PTE. T JENKINS

>12 JUN 1982


>PTE. C E JONES >11 JUN 1982

[ Craig Jones ]


> PTE. S LAING >11 JUN 1982

Stewart Laing

I first met Stewart or Geordie to his friends in 1979 in the Parachute Regiment Depot, he joined 459 platoon after having an injury with a previous platoon, I was not keen on him at first as he was a very boisterous person all ways very loud, but as I got to know Stewart, you found a good friend who would do anything for you, give you the shirt off his back if he had to. At the end of our time in depot we were posted to 3 Para, Stewart went to A company and I went to B company, again Stewart was very popular in A company and stayed there till 1981. After the battalion came back from Northern Ireland, he and I both applied to do an anti tank cadre and joined Support Company, were Geordie made lots of close friends like Pat Harley, Kev Connery, Johno, Mushrooms, Terry Martin, Charlie Hardwick, and many more, too many to mention, We went to Canada and had a ball! life in the battalion was great, life was good, to good to last. [ Stewart or Geordie  ]

Stewart Laing Then came April 1982, off we sailed on the SS Canberra and we as a platoon and we drank our fill. When we landed, Support Company was split up, divided between the different Company's in the battalion "A, B and C. Stewart died on Mount Longdon doing what he always did, "helping a friend" He will always be remembered by those us who knew him, not a day goes by that we don't think of him, and the other members of the anti tanks who died that night and the rest of the battalion, Whenever I think of him its always with a big smile on his face, he was a great loss. Good night and God bless Stewart Jimmy O`Connell To contact Jimmy please click here

> PTE. I SCRIVENS >11 JUN 1982

[ Ian Patrick Scrivens ]

Left ... Ian Patrick Scrivens

[ Ian Patrick Scrivens ]

> CFN. A SHAW, (REME) >11 JUN 1982

[ Alax Shaw ]

REME Armourer attached to 3rd Bn Parachute Regiment

A wreath laid where Cfn Alec Shaw was hit on Mount Longdon, The photo was taken in 2004 by Martin Glover, a 9 Sqn guy who was on Longdon during the conflict.

From a REME Armourer attached to 3rd Bn Parachute Regiment My name is Michael Hall. I was attached to 3rd Bn Parachute regiment during the Falklands conflict of 1982. My rank was Craftsman and I was a REME armourer. I spent most of the conflict with 3 Para's quartermasters department and was usually to the rear of the rifle companies, humping rations around etc. Towards the end of the conflict me and my friend, fellow armourer, Alec Shaw were flown by helicopter from teal inlet to Estancia house. As we arrived there the main body of 3 Para moved out, I cannot remember if it was that night or the next but 3 Para attacked mount Longdon which I guess was ten or twenty miles away. It was a night attack with no artillery support. From Estancia house we could see the sky lit up all that distance away as the battle raged. A continuous stream of helicopters arrived and we loaded them up with ammunition and primed grenades which they ferried back to the battle. In the HQ, which was a big shed, you could here the clerk, who was in radio contact with our troops on Longdon, repeating the names of soldiers who were being killed or wounded as the battle went on. By morning it was over. I had missed my chance of fulfilling my childish desire to be in a battle and perhaps be a hero. Around lunchtime the QM Tech (I think), confirmed that I was the armourer and asked me if I had mortar spares. I told him that I did and he informed me that a mortar bipod had broken on Longdon and that a helicopter would be picking me up in thirty minutes to take me there and fix it. I was elated! Me going up to 'the front'! I asked Alex if he wanted to come with me and he said yes. Alex had received his first ever fathers day card that morning from his son. we jumped on the helicopter with some signals people and took of. Our flight to Longdon was low to the ground and fast. We stopped about a mile or so short of Longdon at 3 Para's Rebro station which was in a small rocky outcrop. I think a couple of spotting rounds landed close to the helicopter and the loadmaster was extremely nervous and wanted to get away as quickly as possible. Me Alec and a Colour Sergeant, who I think may have been from the anti-tank platoon, dragged our stores off which included Sigs, batteries, cigarettes for the boys, and weapon spares, and took cover in the rocks, I was loving it! Alec was scared, he was older then me and in hindsight I think that he had a clearer understanding of the danger that we were in. A couple of BV's picked us up and took us to Mount Longdon. One of the first people that I saw was Cpl Ross Noble. Coming down to the Falklands he had been very Gung Ho and had been really looking forward to some action. He now looked totally different, tired maybe dazed. He began reeling off names of who, from the MT platoon, had been killed or wounded the previous night. 'Fester' Greenwood had been shot in the head and killed, and I can't remember the other names. Suddenly there was hassle, apparently Argentine Chinooks had been seen taking off from Stanley, a counter attack on Longdon was suspected. We were hurriedly given sixty-six millimetre anti tank weapons and lined up facing the flat ground. We were briefed to wait until the Chinooks were about fifty feet off the ground and then let rip. They never came and we were stood down about half an hour later. Ross invited Alec and I up the mount a bit to a crevice in the rocks where the REME lads were making a brew. I went into the crevice with Ross, L/Cpl Geof Hamilton and L/Cpl Simon Melton was there as well. Alec went into another crevice beside ours about twenty feet away to have a cup of tea with Cfn Steve Lint. I was standing up whilst Geof made the tea, he looked up at me and advised me to get down as there was a lot of shells coming in, I loved it!! Then about three shells came in at once (I watched one land about fifty feet away, but wasn't hit), I shit myself. I forced myself into this tiny crack in the rocks and froze. Then people started screaming, I recall somebody who was terrified shouting out time and time again "I've been hit, I've been hit". My illusions about war were instantly dashed, it was no adventure, I was terrified. Geof Hamilton verbally dragged us out of our cracks saying something like "come on, somebody's been hit". We went into the next crevice and there was Alec just sitting there unconscious, he had blood spattered on his face and Steve Lint was applying a shell dressing to his leg. I saw the wound which was in his thigh, and it did not look that bad. We called for a stretcher and then ran down the hill with Alex on the stretcher. I was totally shitting myself with fear. I was just waiting for the next salvo to come in. I have thought about this often and wondered how I could possibly explain my feelings to somebody who has not been in a similar position. Well I would ask those people to imagine themselves standing by the side of a moderately busy motorway, blindfolded and with their hearing blocked up. Then I would ask them to imagine how it would feel walking across the motorway knowing that any second you are going to die a horrible death. Well that's how I felt. We carried Alec down (fast) and I left him with the medics. I was told that I was now with the stretcher-bearers. That night, very close by, 2 Para attacked Wireless Ridge, it was very, very loud. Nobody was injured that night from 3 Para even though it sounded like a lot of shells were coming in, but on reflection, they were probably getting lobbed at 2 Para. I spent the night extremely frightened and praying to God (who I never pray to) asking him to not let me die. When I wanted a piss I pissed lying down in my water bottle, I was very scared of shrapnel. Morning came and I was starting to get used to shells, the longer the whine, the further away they were going to land. I was having a shit in some rocks when I met a cook who said that it was a shame about Alec. I thought his wound hadn't looked that serious so assumed that he had been choppered out to the hospital ship Uganda. Therefore, I said that at least Alec was lucky because he would be on a hospital ship out of this crap. Then he told me that Alec had died the previous night. We packed our kit and started walking towards Stanley, a cease-fire was declared on the way and everybody put their maroon berets on. I spent a further four years with the Parachute Regiment of which three years were served with 2 Para. I passed 'P' company the selection for airborne forces and earned my parachute wings. I would be happy to discuss the Falklands with anybody; my e-mail address is michaeljameshall@hotmail.com

> PTE. P A WEST >11 JUN 1982

[ Philip West ]

Ginge McCarthy and little (Westy) Philip West ... Ginge is 3rd on the left (Photo below) tall bloke with moustache and the little bloke in front of him is Westy they died together on Mount Longdon. Milan section took direct hit Peter Hedicker also died with them but is not on photo, the photo is of Major Dennison giving the brief to go on Longdon.

[ Ginge McCarthy and little (Westy) Philip West ]

>PTE. RICHARD JOHN de MANSFIELD ABSOLON MM

>13 JUNE 1982

The church is the oldest stone church in New Zealand and houses the standards and military memorabilia of the early British Garrison that was next to the church in the 1800's. It's our pleasure to include on this website Richard's memorial it is in the grounds of St Mary's Anglican Cathedral, Red Coat Lane, New Plymouth, New Zealand.

CAPTAIN MATT SELFRIDGE OC MORTAR PLT 3 PARA KILLED IN FREE FALL PARACHUTING ACCIDENT AT NETHERAVON WHILE ON LEAVE AFTER SERVING RIGHT THROUGH THE FALKLANDS WAR IN 1982.

[ CAPTAIN MATT SELFRIDGE  ]

Below is an article about Mr Terry Peck ... Cancer has taken the life of Mr. Terry Peck, a Falklands hero of the 1982 conflict with Argentina. He passed away on the morning of Saturday, 30 December 2006 ... I thought that you should know about him, he has no connection with Palace Barracks, but his name should be recorded. He was made an honorary member of 3rd Parachute Regiment.

Terry was sworn back in as Special Constable the day before Argentina invaded and at one time was considered by the Argentine occupiers as a candidate for Chief of Police; they could not have considered a more unsuitable candidate. He immediately began to do his utmost to undermine the occupying forces. His behaviour after the invasion caused ... See more consternation amongst the locals as he appeared to be wandering around Port Stanley clutching a length of drainpipe. In reality this disguised a telephoto lens, with which he photographed Argentine preparations for the defence of the town. The photographs he had taken were smuggled out of the Falklands by British contract workers taking the opportunity to leave the islands, providing valuable intelligence for British Forces. The Argentine military police, led by Major Patricio Dowling, arrived on the islands with detailed files on many islanders, particularly those known for their anti-Argentine views. Dowling, an Argentine of Irish origin who hated all things British, frequently over-stepped his authority, ignoring instructions to treat the islanders with respect and quickly became known for his tendency to resort to violence. Constable Anton Livermore had been asked to stay on with the police force to defuse potentially serious clashes between locals and the Argentines. Increasingly unhappy in the role he found himself in, when he heard Dowling discussing the imminent arrest of Terry Peck he took the opportunity to warn his former boss.

[ Mr Terry Peck ]

Having prepared a possible escape plan for some time, Terry armed himself with a pistol, borrowed a motorbike from the garage of an expatriate and fled Stanley. His first stop was Long Island Farm, home of Neil and Glenda Watson, where a party was in full swing celebrating the Queen’s birthday. This was nearly his undoing as the party did not hear the approach of a Puma helicopter till too late and the house was already surrounded by Argentine soldiers. Fortunately the search of the house was half-hearted and he escaped detection with the simple expedient of locking himself in the toilet. He left for Green Patch to find the locals expecting him, there he acquired cold weather gear and rations left there by a party of Royal Navy sailors from HMS Endurance, He then spent ten miserable days camping in a remote part of the islands known as Geordie's Valley, where he had fished before the occupation. Eventually the cold sapped his morale and he risked a fire for the chance of a hot meal, unfortunately just as it was ready he accidentally knocked it over.

It was the lowest point of his escape and demoralised he sought help from Trudi Morrison at Brookfield Farm. A warm meal and a bath improved his mood and with the help of other islanders he recovered weapons hidden by Royal Marines who escaped during the invasion. On the 21 May, he finally heard the news he had been waiting for. Isabel Short, a resident of Port San Carlos issued the cryptic message "We've just received a lot of friends" over the short wave radio. When the BBC confirmed the landing, Terry immediately set out to link up with British forces. Coming over the ridge at Port San Carlos, he saw long lines of British marching inland from the beachhead. He was grilled for three days by intelligence officers anxious to gather as much information as they could about the enemy. On the 2nd day he was approached by Major Roger Patton of 3 Para with a request to act as a guide for his troops. Terry volunteered without hesitation and was attached to 3 Para's D patrol company. His first major contribution to the campaign was to organise local farmers and their vehicles to help overcome the severe lack of military transport. For 10 days, he joined patrols sent out at night to identify enemy numbers and tactical positions. It was hard dangerous work and at 43 he was twice the age of the soldiers he was guide, Mount Longdon was attacked on Friday 11th June 1982, it was intended to be a silent attack meaning that there was no artillery barrage to alert the defenders but the element of surprise was lost when one of the Para’s stepped on a mine. The Battle of Mount Longdon proved to be one of the bloodiest battles of the entire campaign but Terry advanced all the way with British forces. When a soldier was shot near him, he volunteered to carry the man back down the mountain. His account describes the action: We carried him down this slope but sometimes we had to lie across him, because of the fire that was coming. We were catching it left, right and centre. It was lit up like Blackpool illuminations. It was really horrendous. We got this guy down into a crater caused by a shell. We had eight wounded in that hole with two medics, that's how big the hole was. Terry remained with the battalion on Mount Longdon, existing on toffees and food scavenged from Argentine trenches, enduring an artillery barrage from long range 155 mm guns based in Stanley. He did not return home until 3 Para marched into Stanley. For his actions in supporting British forces in the advance on Stanley he was awarded an MBE in 1982. However, he considered the honorary membership conferred upon by the 3 Para the greater honour and wore his red beret and winged cap badge with great pride. Every year after the war on the 11th June, he visited the memorial on the summit of Mount Longdon to pay his respects to fallen comrades. After the war for a time he became disillusioned with the prospects for the islands future and left to begin a new life in Scotland in 1984. He returned to the islands and stood for election to the Falkland Islands Government but failed to win back his seat. After standing again he succeeded, standing from 1989 to 1993. He continued to express his views in a forthright manner lambasting the British Government for the lack of aid and castigating Margaret Thatcher for allowing Argentines to visit the graves of their war dead. In his role as councillor he promoted a number of local causes, in particular ensuring a fair deal for local contractors in the employment on post-war aid projects. He became a manager of the local YMCA.

9 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers

>CPL. S WILSON. RE

>11 JUN 1982

Cpl Scotty Wilson was Killed while attached to the 3rd Bn Parachute Regiment during the Battle of Mount Longdon. Cpl Wilson's Wife's sister, also lost her husband Cpl McCarthy of 3 Para in the same Battle on the same day.

[ Cpl Scotty Wilson ]

> CPL. A G MCILVENNY. RE

>8 JUN 1982

> CPL. A G MCILVENNY. RE

SPR W. Tarbard

Wayne was the first son of David and Jocelyn Tarbard. Born on 6th January 1963 in Burton on Trent, the second child of five children - Sharon, Karl, Maxine and Kirsty. Wayne attended primary school in Hilton, followed by a secondary education at Hatton School. Here he began to develop a yearning for a career in the Armed Forces. He was a keen sportsman, playing for a local football team with aspirations of playing for Liverpool, his favourite club, and he was also a member of the Marston Church choir (though not renowned for his singing voice!). Wayne was always interested in people around him and the part time pocket money jobs he undertook reflected his interest in the village and the surrounding community - a Butchers lad for the local butcher, paper rounds and a variety of jobs at the Hilcrete Company. However his long-term career path was to join the Army and work towards a trade. To this end he enlisted at The Royal Engineers Apprentice College in Chepstow at 16 and a half years of age. After completing his training he qualified as an Engineer and was posted to Maidstone in Kent to 36 Royal Engineers Regiment. He made many friends most of whom came home every weekend and made use of the hospitality offered by his family and friends. Fried egg sandwiches were definitely the order of the day! In April 1982 Wayne received the news that 36 Engineer Regiment were to be deployed on Operation Corporate (The Falkland Islands) - the squadron became part of 4 Troop 9 Para Squadron. With his colleagues he sailed on the QE2 to the South Atlantic, destination South Georgia. The Squadron was then transferred to a smaller vessel to reach San Carlos Bay. On the 7th June 1982 Wayne's Squadron was aboard HMS Fearless alongside the Welsh Guards in order to undertake a frontal assault on Port Stanley. This mission was aborted due to bad weather conditions. The men were dropped off on land and picked up by the Sir Galahad. On the 8th June 1982 the Sir Galahad was lying off Fitzroy Bay when it was bombed by Argentine aircraft. Wayne was listed as missing in action. The Sir Galahad was later scuttled as a war grave in Falklands Water. Wayne's South Atlantic Medal can be seen in the Royal Engineers Museum in Chatham, Kent.

In his remembrance his family have funded a Rose Bowl which is presented annually to the top Sapper on the Cadre course at 36 Engineer Regiment, Maidstone, Kent. A member of Wayne's family has under taken this presentation since it's inauguration in 1983.

> SPR. W D TARBARD. RE >8 JUN 1982

Cpl McIllvenny and Sapper R Tarbard where killed when the RFA Sir Gallahad was bombed at Fitzroy on the 8th June 1982. Along with many men of the Welsh Guards. On the 25th June1982 the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Sir Gallahad was towed out to sea and scuttled as a War Grave.

> L/CPL. J B PASHLEY. RE

>13 JUN 1982

L/Cpl J B Pashley, he was attached to the 2nd Bn Scots Guards and was killed during the attack on Tumbledown Mountain.

22 Special Air Service

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Memorial to heroes

>WO2. L GALLAGHER. BEM Killed in Sea King Crash. >21 MAY 1982

Sgt S A I Davidson

>SGT. S. A. I. DAVIDSON Killed in Sea King Crash. >21 MAY 1982

Sgt Willie Hatton

>Cpl. W C HATTON. QGM Killed in Sea King Crash. >21 MAY 1982

>CPL R E ARMSTRONG Killed in Sea King Crash.

>21 MAY 1982

>SGT J L ARTHY Killed in Sea King Crash.

>21 MAY 1982

>WO M ATKINSON Killed in Sea King Crash.

>21 MAY 1982

>CPL W J BEGLEY Killed in Sea King Crash.

>21 MAY 1982

>Cpl P A BUNKER Killed in Sea King Crash.

>21 MAY 1982

>SGT P P CURRASS QGM Killed in Sea King Crash.

>21 MAY 1982

>SGT W J HUGHES Killed in Sea King Crash.

>21 MAY 1982

>SGT P JONES Killed in Sea King Crash.

>21 MAY 1982

J.Newton 22 - SAS

>CPL J NEWTON Killed in Sea King Crash.

>21 MAY 1982

>S/SGT P O'CONNOR Killed in Sea King Crash.

>21 MAY 1982

Cpl E T Walpole

>CPL E T WALPOLE Killed in Sea King Crash.

>21 MAY 1982

>Observation party attacked by Argentine troops in the only action to take place on West Falkland.

Capt G J Hamilton MC

>CAPT G J HAMILTON. MC.

>10th JUNE 1982

264 (SAS) Signals Squadron


Lcpl Lightfoot

>LCPL. P LIGHTFOOT. Killed in Sea King Crash.

>19 MAY 1982

[ Cpl Robert A Burns ]

Cpl Robert A Burns (Aged 22 ) 264 SAS Signal Squadron Attached G Squadron Killed in Sea King Crash.

19 May 1982

Cpl Michael V. McHugh (Aged 22). 264 SAS Signal Squadron Attached G Squadron, Killed in Sea King Crash.

19 May 1982

Cpl Stephen J. G. Sykes (Aged 25). 264 SAS Signal Squadron Attached G Squadron, Killed in Sea King Crash .

19 May 1982

216 Parachute SquadronRoyal Signals

><------- Left ... MAJOR M. L. FORGE

>MAJOR M. L. FORGE

>5 JUN 1982

> S/SGT J. J. BAKER

>5 JUN 1982

Army Air Corps

Staff Sergeant Christopher Griffin 656 Squadron Army Air Corps

>S/SGT. C A GRIFFIN >5 JUN 1982

Christopher Griffin was born on 10th October 1949 in Colchester, Essex. He was the only son of Olive and Reg Griffin, and had a younger sister named Tina. Chris was brought up as an 'Army brat'; his father served during the war in the Essex Regiment, then the Suffolk Regiment and finally the Royal Anglian Regiment as the family moved around the world. The young Griffin was educated at a number of Army schools, starting in Wuppertal (Germany), then Cyprus and Berlin, a boarding school in Colchester, followed by Felixstowe, Aden and a grammar school in Great Yarmouth. From the last he joined the Army in 1967, aged 18. Initially, his military service was with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, looking after guard dogs, then with the Royal Corps of Transport as a driver. From here he volunteered for helicopter pilot training, was accepted and began the course in 1975. In 1976 he qualified, and specialised in the Gazelle. On 25th March 1972, at Holy Trinity church in Caister on Sea, Norfolk, he married Christine Jones. Seven years later they had a son, Paul, who was born on the 14th September 1979. Chris had two great loves in his life, apart from his family. His first affection lay with Jensen cars. At various times he owned three, and belonged to the Jensen Owners Club, with many friends both in England and America who shared his passion for the marque. Just behind in the affection stakes were his Labrador dogs, of which he also had three. Two of these were named after Jensen cars - 'Sceptre' (for the Interceptor) and 'Seevee' for the CV8 model. Chris's skills as a pilot were widely respected, and he acted as advisor to the director of the action film 'Who Dares Wins', with its dramatic flying sequences involving Scout helicopters. He did not survive to attend the premiere of this film, because in April 1982 he deployed to the Falkland Islands with 656 Squadron of the Army Air Corps. On the night of 5th June 1982 he flew forward from 5 Infantry Brigade lines to position some electronic equipment on high ground. During the return journey, his aircraft was shot down by a missile and he was killed instantly along with his observer and 2 passengers. Staff Sergeant Griffin's body was recovered to Ajax Bay and temporarily interred there, and then laid to final rest in the San Carlos cemetery. Chris's widow has remarried and now lives and works in East Anglia. Paul underwent cardiac surgery at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital on the day that his father died; he is now fit and well and works in the entertainment industry.

> L/CPL. S J COCKTON >5 JUN 1982

Royal Marines 40 Cdo - 42 Cdo - 45 Cdo

>MARINE STEPHEN McANDREWS

>27 MAY 1982

Killed in Action with seven of his comrades, when the shore facilities in San Carlos bridgehead were attacked for the first time by the Argentine Air Force. Two Argentine Aircraft were destroyed.

>CPL JEREMY SMITH

>11 JUNE 1982

Killed in Action when 42 Commando R.M. Attacked Mount Harriet. Cpl L G Watts was also killed in this action.

>CPL LAURENCE WATTS

>12 JUNE 1982

Killed in Action when 42 Commando R M attacked Mount Harriet. Cpl J Smith was also killed in this action.

[ Corporal Stevie Hope (3 Para) KIA Mount Longdon and Corporal Laurence Watts (42 Commando, Royal Marines) KIA Mount Harriet ]

The photo opposite

The picture shows the initial resting place of Corporal Stevie Hope (3 Para) KIA Mount Longdon and Corporal Laurence Watts (42 Commando, Royal Marines) KIA Mount Harriet. Both these brave servicemen died June 11th 1982 and their bodies flown to Ajax Bay, San Carlos where they were interred temporarily together.

Above shows the temporary graveyard and field hospital at Ajax Bay, San Carlos

Many thanks to Ken Griffiths Able Seaman (Radar) HMS Cardiff 1982. ... If anyone would like to contact Ken, he would love to hear from you email ... Click here

>SGT ROGER ENEFER

>27 MAY 1982

>L/CPL PETER McKAY

>27 MAY 1982

Killed In Action with seven of his comrades, when the shore facilities in San Carlos bridgehead were attacked for the first time by the Argentine Air Force. Two Argentine aircraft were destroyed

>MARINE DAVID WILSON

>27 MAY 1982

Killed In Action with seven of his comrades, when the shore facilities in San Carlos bridgehead were attacked for the first time by the Argentine Air Force. Two Argentine aircraft were destroyed.

>CPL KENNETH EVANS

>27 MAY 1982

Killed In Action with seven of his comrades, when the shore facilities in San Carlos bridgehead were attacked for the first time by the Argentine Air Force. Two Argentine aircraft were destroyed.

Marine Paul Callan

>MARINE PAUL CALLAN

>27 MAY 1982

Killed In Action with seven of his comrades, when the shore facilities in San Carlos bridgehead were attacked for the first time by the Argentine Air Force. Two Argentine aircraft were destroyed.

>SGT ROBERT LEEMING

>11 JUNE 1982

Killed in action when 45 Commando R M attacked "Two Sisters" along with seven of his comrades.

>CPL ANDREW UREN

>11 JUNE 1982

Killed in action when 45 Commando R M attacked " Two Sisters" along with seven of his comrades.

>CPL PETER FITTON

>11 JUNE 1982

Killed in action when 45 Commando R M attacked " Two Sisters" along with seven of his comrades.

St Paulinus Church in Crayford, Kent. Where there is a stained glass window in memory of Marine Keith Phillips

St Paulinus Church

>MARINE KEITH PHILLIPS

>11 JUNE 1982

Killed in action when 45 Commando R M attacked " Two Sisters" along with seven of his comrades.

>MARINE GORDON MACPHERSON

>12 JUNE 1982

Killed in action when 45 Commando R M attacked " Two Sisters" along with seven of his comrades.

>CPL. IAN SPENCER

>12 JUNE 1982

Killed in action when 45 Commando R M attacked " Two Sisters" along with seven of his comrades.

>MARINE MICHAEL NOWAK

>12 JUNE 1982

Killed in action when 45 Commando R M attacked " Two Sisters" along with seven of his comrades.

>Cpl James Gardner

> 11 July 1982

Service Number P029435P ... Ship/Unit 3 Cdo Bde RM ... Home Town, Whitburn, West Lothian ... Date of Birth 20 May 1951> This young man Cpl James G Browning who died just after the hostility's ended, he is on the official sama 82 memorial garden For a while the workshop operated from the vehicle deck of the Baltic ferry in Port Stanley harbour, and it was during this time that Cpl Browning (attached from the RM) disappeared in a sudden squall in an inflatable boat ... ForcesMemorial Website I knew Jim when he was in 45 Cdo RM wksps, he used to drive the RL light recovery. we used to meet on exerises, because I drove the AEC medium recovery in CDO LOG RM. which I took down south in 82. Gutted when we [Cdo log wksps, 45 Cdo RM wksps & 3 AWD] M.I.A body never found we heard. that's all we got told, sorry I can't tell any more. Thanks to Jimmy O'Connell for the above

>ROYAL ENGINEERS SPR. C A JONES

>11 JUNE 1982

3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron

>LT. KEN. D. FRANCIS R.M.

>21 MAY 1982

While flying in support of the landing at Port-San-Carlos, he and his crewman, L/Cpl Brett Giffen, Royal Marines, were shot down by heavy machine gun fire, both were killed instantly. Their bodies were recovered to the Liner SS Canberra. The ship was then ordered to leave the Falkland islands and head for South Georgia. On the journey to South Georgia both Lieutenant Francis and L/Cpl Giffen’s bodies were committed to the sea in a special service attended by many on board the Liner. On the 28th October 1982 five months after his death Lt Francis son Thomas was born.

>L/CPL BRETT GIFFEN R.M.

>21 MAY 1982

While flying in support of the landing at Port-San-Carlos, he and his Pilot, Lt Francis, were shot down by heavy machine gun fire, both were killed instantly. Their bodies were recovered to the Liner SS Canberra. The ship was then ordered to leave the Falkland islands and head for South Georgia. On the journey to South Georgia both L/Cpl Giffen and Lieutenant Francis bodies were committed to the sea in a special service attended by many on board the Liner.

>SGT ANDREW EVANS. R M

>21 MAY 1982

Shot down in his gazelle helicopter near Port-San–Carlos by small arms fire. Lt. Nunn DFC Distinguished Flying Cross.

LIEUTENANT RICHARD J NUNN.DFC, R M 28 MAY 1982

He was flying his scout helicopter in support of 2 Para’s Action at Goose Green, enemy aircraft were known to be in the area, and despite the risk he and his crewman flew for most of the day. When a call came in to evacuate casualties from the battle area he did not hesitate to go in. Sadly he was jumped by a powerful Argentine Pucara ground attack aircraft and shot down and killed, his wounded crewman survived. for his Bravery he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Posthumously.

MONDAY, 11th OCTOBER 1982 MINISTRY OF DEFENCE HONOURS AND AWARDS NAVY DEPARTMENT The QUEEN has been graciously pleased to approve the Posthumous award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to the under mentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the operations in the South Atlantic: Distinguished Flying Cross Lieutenant Richard James NUNN, Royal Marines On Friday 28th May 1982 the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment was engaged in fierce fighting to take enemy positions in the area of Port Darwin. From dawn, Lieutenant Nunn, a Scout helicopter pilot, had supported the Battalion flying vital ammunition forward to the front line and had evacuated casualties heedless of enemy ground fire. After flying continuously for three and a half hours, it was learnt that the Commanding Officer and others in Battalion Tactical Headquarters forward had been severely wounded. Lieutenant Nunn was tasked to evacuate these casualties collecting the Battalion Second in Command en route. However, five minutes after take off, suddenly and without prior warning, two Pucara aircraft appeared from the South and attacked the Scout with rockets and cannon fire. By great skill Lieutenant Nunn evaded the first attack but on the second his aircraft was hit and destroyed. Lieutenant Nunn was killed instantly and his aircrew man Sergeant Belcher was grieviously wounded. Lieutenant Nunn displayed exceptional courage, flying skill and complete devotion to duty in the face of the enemy. His achievements that day, supporting the Battalion, were exceptional and were instrumental in the eventual victory. Commando Logistic Regiment

>MARINE COLIN DAVISON

>27 MAY 1982

Killed in Action with seven of his comrades, when the shore facilities in San Carlos bridgehead were attacked for the first time. by the Argentine Air Force. Two Argentine Aircraft were destroyed.

>ROYAL ENGINEERS

>27 MAY 1982

Spr P K Gandhi As above together with members of Royal Marine Commando 845 Squadron Fleet Air Arm

>DON PRYCE Leading Air Engineering Mechanic (Electrical) 1

Don Pryce

>23 MAY 1982

Don was born on January 13th 1956 at Oddstock hospital in Salisbury. His twin sister Terry shared his birthday, they were both christened in Salisbury Cathedral. Don was educated at various schools depending on his Dad's posting in the Fleet Air Arm, at sixteen he left Bridgemary community school in Gosport to follow his Dad's footsteps in a Fleet Air Arm career. As a keen scout and athlete with many other hobbies including art, music, ornithology, philately and chess, Don's life was always busy. His particular love was football both as an active participant and Portsmouth supporter. Many happy Saturdays were spent at Fratton Park with his Dad cheering on 'Pompey'. When at home he would always enjoy his Mother's Sunday roast. Don loved to have a pint with his many friends. Everyone loved his warm, sunny personality and incredibly funny sense of humour. His generosity caused him to always return from overseas postings with many gifts for friends and family. On May 23rd 1982 during the Falklands War Don was transferred with his flight onto the Atlantic Conveyer, two days later the ship was hit by an Exocet missile and Don's young life was stolen from him along with the lives of eleven others. Don's body was recovered from the sea and taken aboard H.M.S. Alacrity where attempts to resuscitate him failed. He was buried at sea on May 26th. Without a final resting place to visit, Don lives on in the hearts of his Mum, Dad and three sisters - Terry, Debbie and Jackie. Always loved. Never to be forgotten.

846 Naval Air Squadron

>CPL MICHAEL LOVE DSM, R M

>21 MAY 1982

Distinguished Service Medal. Cpl Love

Killed when helicopter he was a crewman on ditched at night between ships in the task force. Twenty-One men died in this tragic accident. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal Posthumously.


MONDAY, 11th OCTOBER 1982 MINISTRY OF DEFENCE HONOURS AND AWARDS NAVY DEPARTMENT The QUEEN has been graciously pleased to approve the Posthumous award of the Distinguished Service Medal to the under mentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the operations in the South Atlantic: Distinguished Service Medal Acting Corporal Aircrew man Michael David LOVE, Royal Marines, P035079S Corporal Love, 846 Naval Air Squadron, completed seven operational sorties in very hazardous conditions. He played a vital part in the success of these missions and displayed remarkable skill, bravery and resilience during periods of intense activity. Sadly, he was later killed in a flying accident but his great contribution to the success of the Squadron's operations will always remain a source of inspiration.

Royal Marine Poole (SBS)

>SGT IAN HUNT

>2 JUNE 1982

Killed in a tragic shooting incident.

[ SGT IAN HUNT ]

HMS Fearless

[ L10 HMS Fearless ]

Queen's Gallantry Medal

>C/SGT BRIAN JOHNSTON. QGM, R M

>8 JUNE1982

Was in coxswain of the (LCU ). F4, ferrying troops ashore at Choiseul Sound when it was attacked by four Skyhawks. A bomb struck the landing craft killing Sgt Johnston and five of his comrades , also wounding other members of the crew. Three of the enemy aircraft were shot down by patrolling Sea Harriers. The LCU was taken in tow, but sank before reaching the shore. All those killed on the LCU went down with her and are therefore buried at sea.

MONDAY, 11th OCTOBER 1982 MINISTRY OF DEFENCE HONOURS AND AWARDS NAVY DEPARTMENT The QUEEN has been graciously pleased to approve the Posthumous award of the Queen's Gallantry Medal to the under mentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the operations in the South Atlantic: Queen's Gallantry Medal Acting Colour Sergeant Brian JOHNSTON, Royal Marines, P023116X Colour Sergeant Johnston, coxswain of LCU F4 was working in the vicinity of HMS ANTELOPE when her unexploded bomb detonated, starting an immediate fire which caused her crew, already at emergency stations, to be ordered to abandon ship. Without hesitation Colour Sergeant Johnston laid his craft alongside the ANTELOPE and began to fight the fire and take off survivors. At approximately 2200Z he was ordered to stay clear of the ship because of the severity of the fire and the presence of a second unexploded bomb. Colour Sergeant Johnston remained alongside until his load was complete. In all LCU F4 rescued over 100 survivors from the ANTELOPE. On 8th June, LCU F4 was attacked by enemy aircraft in Choiseul Sound. During this action colour Sergeant Johnston and five of his crew were killed. Colour Sergeant Johnston's selfless bravery in the face of extreme danger was in the highest traditions of the Corps.

Sgt R.J Rotheram RM

>SGT RONALD ROTHERAM. R M

>8 JUNE 1982

Ferrying troops ashore at Choiseul Sound when it was attacked by 4 Skyhawks. A bomb struck the landing craft killing Sgt Rotheram, He was attached to HMS Fearless in the crew of (LCU)F4. The crew of the LCU . Four Royal Marines and two Royal Naval ratings were all killed The LCU was taken in tow, but sank before reaching the shore. All those killed on the LCU went down with her and are therefore buried at sea.

>MARINE ANTHONY RUNDLE

>8 JUNE 1982

He was ferrying troops ashore at Choiseul Sound when it was attacked by four Skyhawks. A bomb struck the landing craft killing Marine Rundle, He was attached to HMS Fearless in the crew of (LCU)F4. The crew of the LCU . Four Royal Marines and two Royal Naval ratings were all killed The LCU was taken in tow, but sank before reaching the shore. All those killed on the LCU went down with her and are therefore buried at sea.

MARINE ROBERT GRIFFIN

>MARINE ROBERT GRIFFIN

>8 JUNE 1982

He was ferrying troops ashore at Choiseul Sound when it was attacked by four Skyhawks. A bomb struck the landing craft killing Marine Griffen, He was attached to HMS Fearless in the crew of (LCU)F4. The crew of the LCU . Four Royal Marines and two Royal Naval ratings were all killed The LCU was taken in tow, but sank before reaching the shore. All those killed on the LCU went down with her and are therefore buried at sea.

>MEA A S James

>LMEM David Miller

HMS Fearless He was part of the crew LCU ferrying troops ashore at Choiseul Sound when it was attacked by four Skyhawks. Bombs struck the landing craft killing David Miller, He was with HMS Fearless in the crew of (LCU)F4. The crew of the LCU. Four Royal Marines and two Royal Naval ratings were all killed The LCU was taken in tow, but sank before reaching the shore. All those killed on the LCU went down with her and are therefore buried at sea. [ LMEM David Miller ]

59 Independent Commando Squadron Royal Engineers

Cpl Mick Melia v

>CPL MICK MELIA RE.

>28 MAY 1982

Not Forgotten, Remembered with Pride... Tony is Mick's older Brother

Was attached to 2 Para for the initial Landings and the Assault on Goose Green, In the dawn of May 28th during the long and bitter fight for the settlement. Cpl Mick Melia was killed, along with sixteen of his Parachute Regiment and Royal Marine Comrades. His body was brought home at the end of that year and he was buried with full military honours at a cemetery in Plymouth.

C hris A Jones

>SAPPER CHRIS JONES. RE

>12 JUNE 1982

On the night of June 11th. on a feature called "Twin Sisters" 45 Royal marine Commando launched an attack. At some point in the early hours of June 12th, Sapper Jones and three of his Royal Marine Colleagues were killed by artillery or mortar fire. His body was brought home at the end of that year and buried in a cemetery in Cinderford.

Royal Army Medical Corps

The pictures below of the RAMC Memorial site in The Falkland Islands.

It was built from scratch by my step son (Jason) a Cpl in the RAMC at the time, now still serving as a Sgt. When stationed on the islands during 2007 he realised that the RAMC was the only unit not to have a memorial to the dead of the Falklands Campaign. Along with some others he decided to rectify the situation and commenced building a memorial to his dead colleagues. A granite name plate was designed and ordered from UK and flown out in time for the completion of the memorial. I would be delighted on his behalf and for the benefit of the relatives of the fallen if one or both pictures could be added to the memorial web site under the Falklands section. Full details of the three Medic deceased are etched onto the plaque. Many regards Keith Woods Webmasters note ... many, many thanks to those who care, and never forgotten

The Memorial is situated overlooking Fitzroy where the Sir Gallahad got attacked, the picture of the Memorial with him ( Jason) and three colleagues appeared on the front page of the RAMC Magazine.

Major Nutbeem RAMC

MAJOR ROGER NUTBEEM

8 JUNE 1982

Major Nutbeem was on the Sir Gallahad when the ship was attacked by Argentinean Fighter-Bombers on the 8th June 1982 at Fitzroy. He was on the upper deck during the attack and was killed instantly by a bomb fragment. His body was later recovered, temporarily interred and then repatriated to the UK. He now lies in the military cemetery at Tidworth. The Sir Gallahad was towed out to sea were she was scuttled and is now a war grave.

Pte Ken Preston

>P>TE KEN PRESTON

8 JUNE 1982

16 Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps Pte Preston was posted to the 1st Bn Welsh Guards and arrived with them on the RFA Sir Galahad at Fitzroy in the Falkland Islands, The ship was attacked by Argentine fighter bombers and set on fire. Along with two other members of his unit and nearly fifty Welsh Guardsmen Pte Preston was killed. His body along with those of his comrades were left on the SIr Galahad, towed out to sea and sunk as a war grave. Ken will always be loved and sadly missed. The chain of treasured memories is never broken. Locked in our hearts forever. From Mum, Dad, Brother Nige, Anne Marie and Baby Joe.

>L/CPL I. R. FARRELL [ L/CPL I.an R. FARRELL ]

8 JUNE 1982

Royal Army Medical Corps L/Cpl Farrell was posted to the 1st Bn Welsh Guards and arrived with them on the RFA Sir Galahad at Fitzroy in the Falkland Islands, The ship was attacked by Argentine fighter bombers and set on fire. Along with two other members of his unit and nearly fifty Welsh Guardsmen L/Cpl Farrell was killed. His body along with those of his comrades were left on the SIr Galahad, towed out to sea and sunk as a war grave.

Brigade of Gurkhas

History of the Gurkha

Nepal, the Gurkha, and the Kukri: The three of them are inseparable in reputation, and the Gurkha Soldier keeps his kukri as he keeps his honour – bright and keen.

>Budhaparsad Limbu

Budhaparsad Limbu was born in the village of Sakhewa in the eastern hills of Nepal on 25 October 1958. He enlisted as a recruit into the Brigade of Gurkhas in 1976, and was sworn in as a Rifleman in the Seventh Duke of Edinburgh's Own Gurkha Rifles on 16 August 1977. His higher than normal educational record meant that he was destined for a career in the Signal Platoon where he made steady progress achieving his Standard Class II Regimental Signallers qualification, and promotion to Lance Corporal. On the 24 June 1982 Lance Corporal Limbu was ordered, along with members of his adopted Rifle Company (D Company) to fill in the Argentine trenches surrounding Goose Green. Whilst removing earth from a forward parapit his spade struck what was believed to be an unexploded British grenade. The resultant explosion killed him instantly. At 23 years of age and after service totalling 5 years and 241 days in Hong Kong, Brunei, the UK, Belize and the Falkland Islands, Lance Corporal Budhaparsad Limbu was buried with full military honours in the civilian cemetery outside the village of Goose Green. The inhabitants of Goose Green felt that he had died for them, and would have honoured his grave as a permanent reminder of his sacrifice to future generations of villagers, but his father, as was his right, asked for the body to be removed from the Falkland Islands and re-interred in the Aldershot Military Cemetery. His second graveside service took place on 18 March 1983. He was unmarried. He was the only fatality suffered by the Regiment during the war, and his South Atlantic Medal was issued to his father: 21146803 WO1 Deoman Limbu, ex 1/7 Gurkha Rifles. His grave number is C61A.

Mrs Sarah Jones CBE JP Wife of the late Col. H. Jones, V.C., O.B.E. Killed 1982, Goose Green, Falkland Islands.

As the Chairman of the Falkland Families Association I know only too well what it means to the families of those who served with the Airborne Forces in 1982 in the South Atlantic to have them remembered at the Memorial Garden here in Holywood. My husband, Col H Jones is buried in a serenely lovely spot far away in the cemetery of Blue Beach at San Carlos, Falkland Islands. For me and my family it is a great comfort to know that so much nearer to home we have this dedicated spot on which to focus our thoughts.

I would like to thank those who put so much time and love into ensuring that the Garden is always a place of dignity and beauty for the families to visit. In these changing times, when in two short months those whose names are listed here will have died in another century and will be part of history, this memorial is a fitting tribute to the courage and dedication of those who laid down their lives while serving with Airborne Forces.

I know that here in a quiet corner of Northern Ireland 'We will remember them'