June 13, 2020

Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1982, Corporal Steven Hope, 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, died during the Falklands War. 

At the Battle of Mount Longdon he was shot by a sniper, and although taken to the hospital ship S.S. Uganda he could not be saved.

Corporal Hope lies buried in the Aldershot Military Cemetery in Hampshire.  From Manchester, he was 27 years old.

June 8, 2020

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 wit...

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....

June 5, 2019

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1982, Staff Sergeant Christopher Griffin, Army Air Corps, was killed during the Falklands War.

His parents’ only son, he was educated at various schools due to his father having served with the Suffolk Regiment and the Royal Anglian Regiment. He joined the army when he was eighteen years old, serving at first with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, and then as a driver with the Royal Corps of Transport. He volunteered for helicopter pilot training and qualified in 1976. His skill as a pilot was such that he was an adviser on the film “Who Dares Wins”, but sadly he did not live long enough to see the film.

In April of 1982 Staff Sergeant Griffin deployed to the Falkland Islands with 656 Squadron of the Army Air Corps. On the day of his death he flew on a mission to position electronic equipment on high ground, and on the return journey he was shot down by a missile and killed instantly. He lies buried in the cemetery at San Carlos.

Christopher, from Col...

April 23, 2019

Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1982, Petty Officer Aircrewman Kevin “Ben” Stuart Casey, 846 Naval Air Squadron, died in a tragic incident during the Falklands War.

He had joined the Royal Navy ten years earlier as an aircraft mechanic, and served on RNAS Culdrose HMS Ark Royal, HMS Dedalus and HMS Osprey.  It was during his service on HMS Daedalus that he began to train as a helicopter crewman. He received his wings in 1977 and then served on HMS Nubian as a missile aimer on a Wasp flight, after which he went to the Falkland Islands with HMS Alacrity as part of Operation Journeyman.  By September of 1980 he had completed the Petty Officer Aircrewman course and joined 707 Squadron for the Commando course, after which he joined 846 Squadron on HMS Hermes.

On the day of his death he was aboard a Sea King MK 4, moving stores between the various ships in the fleet.  One of his colleagues reported “the weather deteriorated and it was soon pitch black and a howling gale.  Ben’s ai...

June 12, 2018

Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1982, Lieutenant David Hugh Russell Tinker, Royal Navy, was killed in action during the Falklands War when HMS Glamorgan was hit by an Exocet missile.  The missile had been fired from a truck by an Argentine Navy team in Stanley.  A Royal Navy supply officer, appointed as Captain's secretary, Lieutenant Tinker had been on duty as flight deck officer at the time, and was one of thirteen sailors killed in that attack. 

He had served as coxswain in the naval section of the Combined Cadet Force of Mill Hill School in North London;  when he completed training at Dartmouth he attended Birmingham University. 

His father, the writer and university professor Hugh Tinker, produced “A Message from the Falklands: The Life and Gallant Death of David Tinker” – a compilation of several of his son’s letters and poems.  Excerpts appeared in the Sunday Times and were then published by Penguin as well as being adapted into...

May 28, 2018

Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1982, Corporal David Hardman, the Parachute Regiment, was killed at the Battle of Darwin and Goose Green, during the Falklands War. 

The youngest of four children, he had enlisted at the age of sixteen, and served with 2 Para in Germany and Northern Ireland.  His partial colour-blindness prevented him from his original career choice, which was to be a pilot in the R.A.F..  He narrowly escaped death at Warrenpoint, where an IRA bomb killed fifteen Paras and three Queen’s Own Highlanders.  His sister said that the Warrenpoint tragedy did not deter him, and that he was “rarin’ to go” to the Falklands.  At the time of his death he had passed the testing required for entry to the SAS.  He was intelligent, well-read and funny - described by a comrade as inspiring, tough and selfless.

He was one of seventeen members of 2 Para to die;  Lieutenant-Colonel “H” Jones needed help to wipe out an enemy machine gun position and Corporal H...

May 25, 2018

Remembering The Fallen: On this day in 1982, the Type 42 destroyer, HMS Coventry, and the container ship, Atlantic Conveyor, were both sunk in the Falklands War.
This day was one of the blackest days for the Task Force and an all-out onslaught was expected by the Argentine Air Force. This day was also Argentina’s independence day.
Following the landings at San Carlos on 21 May and having endured several air attacks, the British decided they needed to have earlier warning of incoming raids.
HMS Coventry was teamed up with the Type 22 frigate, HMS Broadsword to do this. They were deployed close to Pebble Island to the north of Falkland Sound, the stretch of water separating East and West Falkland. They were also to act as a decoy and draw any attacking Argentine aircraft away from the other ships in San Carlos Bay.
At first it seemed to work. Two A-4 Skyhawks were shot down earlier in the day by Sea Dart missiles attributed to the Coventry. The two ships then came under attack from four...

May 23, 2018

Remembering The Fallen: On this day in 1982, HMS Antelope, a Type 21 frigate, became the third warship to be lost in the Falklands War.  

HMS Antelope had been on air defence duty at the entrance to San Carlos Bay to protect the beachhead that had been established two days previously when she was attacked by four A4 Skyhawks of the Argentine Air Force. She was hit by two bombs, both of which failed to explode. The ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander Nick Tobin, decided to seek the safety of San Carlos Bay and then summon the help of the Royal Engineers to defuse the two unexploded bombs lodged on board.  When she came limping into the bay, it was obvious she’d been damaged. Her mast had been bent over at angle from where one of the attacking planes had clipped it.
After darkness fell, two Royal Engineers, Staff Sergeant James Prescott and Warrant Officer John Phillips were still on board trying to defuse one of the bombs. Three previous attempts to defuse it had failed. The other...

May 21, 2018

Remembering The Fallen:  On this day in 1982, HMS Ardent, a Royal Navy Type 21 frigate became the second warship to be sunk in the Falklands War. She’d been deployed to provide air defence for the landings and also naval gunfire support (NGS) for the troops once they were ashore. 
Land forces were sent ashore on this day and fortunately all the troops were safely ashore before the Argentine Air Force could react. But react it certainly did. An air-sea battle of a ferocity not seen since the Second World War occurred on this day and Ardent was to bear the brunt of the Argentine onslaught. She was bombarding the air strip at Goose Green when she was attacked by at least three waves of Argentine aircraft.
She was hit repeatedly by bombs, knocking out her air defence missile system and causing fires to break out. Communication between the ship control centre and the bridge were cut off. She also lost her steering and the fires on the stern and in the hangar were raging out of control....

May 19, 2018

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1982, twenty-one service personnel lost their lives during the Falklands war when Royal Navy Sea King HC4 ZA294 of 846 Naval Air Squadron crashed into the ocean. One theory was that the tragedy was caused by a bird-strike, as feathers were found floating on the surface, possibly from a Black-Browed Albatross which has a wing-span of eight feet). Another theory is that there was a major malfunction within the Sea King itself, and not an external factor.

They were travelling from HMS Hermes to HMS Intrepid when survivors reported hearing a thump, then another before the Sea King dipped, hit the water, rolled over and sank. They were approximately 200 miles from Port Stanley. It happened very fast, and there were only nine survivors. The SAS had the largest loss of life on a single day since the second world war, and in addition among those lost was the only RAF serviceman to have died in the conflict.

Those we remember today are: Corporal Raymond Erne...

May 4, 2018

Remembering the Fallen: On this day in 1982, HMS Sheffield, a Royal Navy Type 42 destroyer, was attacked. She’d been deployed to the Falkland Islands following the invasion by Argentina and was on radar picket duty when she was struck by a single Exocet sea-skimming missile that had been been fired by a land-based Argentine Navy Super Etendard jet. She caught fire which rapidly spread out of control. After the crew had spent about five hours trying to control the blaze but to no avail, the ship’s commanding officer, Captain James ‘Sam’ Salt reluctantly gave the order to abandon ship. She sank six days later whilst under tow.  By coincidence, the Task Force commander, Rear Admiral John ‘Sandy’ Woodward, was one of her former captains. 
Sadly 20 men died and a further 24 were injured. Today we remember:

(Top row in the photograph, left to right):

~ Cook Neil A Goodall, 21
~ Weapons Engineering Artificer 1 Andrew C Eggington, 35

~ Petty Officer Weapons Engineering Mechanic Anthony R Nor...

June 10, 2017

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1982, Captain Gavin John Hamilton MC, OC 19 (Mountain) Troop, D Squadron, 22 SAS, was killed while behind enemy lines on West Falkland. He was a Green Howards officer before passing SAS selection, and the first posthumous recipient of the Military Cross and the only such recipient until the war in Afghanistan nearly 20 years later. He survived two helicopter crashes in South Georgia, and two days later captured the main Argentine positions in Grytviken, resulting in the total surrender of all enemy forces in South Georgia. A short while later, he led his troops in a raid which resulted in the destruction of eleven grounded enemy aircraft. Once British ground forces had landed at San Carlos, he deployed with his Squadron 40 miles behind enemy lines to observe enemy defensive positions - this proved instrumental in seizing vital ground from which the attack on Port Stanley was launched. He and his troop held off an enemy attack, enabling 42 Commando...

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