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Sapper Wayne Tarbard, 36 Engineer Regiment, the Royal Engineers

June 8, 2019


Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1982, Sapper Wayne Tarbard, 36 Engineer Regiment, the Royal Engineers, was killed during the Falklands War.

Since he was a child he had wanted to join the army, and went on to attend the Royal Engineers Apprentice College at the age of sixteen;  after qualifying he was posted to 36 Engineer Regiment.  In April of 1982 he learned that he was to be deployed to the Falkland Islands – his squadron sailed to San Carlos Bay as part of 9 Para Squadron. 

On the 7th of June a mission to undertake a frontal assault on Port Stanley was aborted due to bad weather, so Sapper Tarbard was one of the men transferred to RFA Sir Galahad.  The following day the ship was bombed by three Argentinian planes as soldiers from the Welsh Guards were preparing to disembark.  Sapper Tarbard was listed as missing.  Forty-eight soldiers and crewmen were killed during the bombing and subsequent fires.  RFA Sir Galahad was later scuttled and is an official war grave. 

Sapper Tarbard is remembered on memorials dedicated to the Falklands War fallen;  there is a silver birch tree, sundial and plaque memorialising him in his home village, and a rose bowl is presented in his name each year to the top sapper on the cadre course at 36 Engineer Regiment in Maidstone. 

Wayne, from Hilton in Derbyshire, was 19 years old.




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