Falklands War cross rededicated

13 March 2020

MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

Captain Everett and Brigadier Rickett carry the cross into Holy Trinity Church

Captain Everett and Brigadier Rickett carry the cross into Holy Trinity Church

A MAKESHIFT wooden cross erected to honour 32 Welsh Guards­­men killed in the biggest sin­­gle loss of life during the Falklands War, in 1982, has been in­­stalled in the gar­rison church of their new base in Windsor.

As part of the Guards’ St David’s Day service on Sunday of last week, the cross was carried into Holy Trin­ity Church by Brigadier Johnny Rickett, the Guards’ com­mand­­ing officer during the Falklands War, and Captain Jim Everett, then a platoon com­mander. It was blessed and rededi­c­a­ted and then placed into the church’s newly named House­hold Division Chapel.

The six-foot-tall cross, quickly fashioned from fence posts bolted to­­gether, originally stood beside a stone cairn close to the site in Bluff Cove where Argentinian bombers attacked the fleet auxiliary Sir Gala­­had as the Welsh Guards were dis­­­­­­embarking. After the war ended, it was brought back to the Guards’ chapel in Pirbright, Surrey, but has been moved, as the regiment is now quartered in Combermere Bar­­racks, Windsor.

MINISTRY OF DEFENCEThe cross in its original location in the Falklands

A spokesman for the Guards, Captain William Clarke, said: “The loss of our men in the Falklands is a terrible mo­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ment in our history. . . We are bringing our dead with us to our new home.”

The Guards’ Commanding Of­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ficer, Lieut. Col. Henry Llewellyn-Usher, said: “St David’s Day is of the greatest importance to the Welsh Guards, and represents the central attribute of our ethos and fighting spir­it. . . This year is of particular sig­­nifi­­­­cance as we re­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­dedicate our commemorative cross.”

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