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SIMON WESTON, Welsh Guard - Falklands War #3

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On 8 June 1982, he was with other members of his regiment on the ship the RFA Sir Galahad in Bluff Cove, just off the Falkland Islands, when it was bombed and set on fire by enemy Skyhawk fighters. The ship was carrying ammunition including phosphoric bombs and thousands of gallons of diesel and petrol. Twenty-two out of his platoon of thirty men were killed; all together the Welsh Guards lost forty-eight men and ninety-seven were injured.

Weston survived with 46% burns, following which his face was barely recognisable.


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