This weekend, The Military Times attended the Dig For Victory Show at the Somerset Show Ground, on Sunday morning, organisers, exhibitors and visitors gathered around the Cenotaph monument erected for the event for a remembrance service to remember those who have given their lives in the service of our country, not only those who served in WW1 & WW2, but all wars since to present day, including giving a special mentioning in reference to the battle for Mount Longdon, during the Falklands War.
The 11th June, marks the 36th anniversary of the battle… Here are the words of The Rev’d Stuart Boyd RAChD (TF) (Ret’d). Now, Somerset County Chaplain, The Royal British Legion, who conducted the Dig For Victory Service.
This weekend we have our own War Memorial in the centre of the
Victory Square and perhaps at some point today you might like to
spend just a few minutes there to pay you respects to all those who
have died in the service of our country, and if you do you might bear
in mind that tomorrow night, the night of 11th/12th June marks the 36th
anniversary of the Battle for Mount Longdon, the bloodiest land
battle of the Falklands War during which 23 British soldiers lost their
lives. Amongst them were three young soldiers all from 4 Platoon, B
Company, 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regt.
Privates Ian Scrivens and Jason Burt were both aged just 17, both
just a few weeks short of their 18th birthdays when they died. The
third was Private Neil Grose who was 18 – just! He had ‘celebrated’
his 18th birthday on 11th and was killed in action a few hours later in
the early hours of the morning of 12th . Tomorrow, had he lived,
would have been his 56th birthday but as we rightly remind
ourselves “they shall grow not old…”; instead Neil Grose will be
forever 18. He now lies together with Ian Scrivens and Jason Burt,
and their Platoon Sergeant, who also lost his life on Mount
Longdon, Sgt Ian McKay V.C. in the Military Cemetery in Aldershot.
May we never forget them and may he, they, and all those like
them, forever rest in peace.
The Rev’d Stuart Boyd RAChD (TF) (Ret’d). Now, Somerset County Chaplain, The Royal British Legion.