Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1982, Major Roger Nutbeem, the Royal Army Medical Corps., was killed when R.F.A. Sir Galahad was bombed during the Falklands War.
The youngest of his parents’ three sons, he attended agricultural college and then spent two years in the Netherlands studying dairy farming. On his return to England he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and qualified as a dispenser. In 1967 he was selected for officer training. Described as “the guy who kept us going” he was known to inspire and also challenge his men.
In June of 1982 Major Nutbeem arrived in the Falklands aboard R.F.A. Sir Galanad. On th 8th of that month the ship was bombed by Argentinian Skyhawk aircraft, and the subsequent fires raged for over a week. Forty-eight soldiers and crew-men lost their lives, among them Major Nutbeem, whose body was the only one recovered. He lies buried in the Tidworth Military Cemetery in Wiltshire.
Roger, from Redditch in Worcestershire, was 40 years old and married with a son and a daughter.