The Annual Service of remembrance took place at the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel in Pangbourne College on Sunday 11th June 2017 and was attended by members of the Association.
Len Yeatman reported there were over 900 attendees at the very poignant service. (very many lower lips a-tremble) and provided the photograph of the Ardent’s, he also asks that more Ardent’s try to support the Pangbourne Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel in the years to come. “They really made everyone welcome and the organisation and hospitality was second to none.”
When the thunder of the guns was finally stilled in and around the Falkland Islands on 14th June 1982, 258 families were left to count the terrible cost. They had lost sons, fathers and husbands in the fierce actions fought at sea, on land, and in the air.
More than half the British casualties died at sea; the majority under fierce enemy attack which sank five ships and damaged eight more, some severely. Most of those killed have no grave but the sea. Others died in the fighting on land; many on dark hillsides in night battles. Yet more were killed while flying over land and sea.
The Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel, located in the south of England, has been built in their memory.
Let them never be forgotten.