Remembering the Falklands War

Churches around the country and parts of the Diocese of Chester will lead services to remember the Falklands War later this month. 

Lasting 74 days, the Falklands War was the first military action since the Second World War that utilised all elements of the Armed Forces.

One local service that is due to take place is a civic service at St Paul's, Sale on Sunday 19th June.

Vicar, the Revd Becky Mathew, will lead a service of Remembrance through readings, scripture, prayer, and poetry.

The service is being organised by Trafford Council and will include a short parade of veterans and cadets and the laying of wreaths at the local war memorial outside Sale Town Hall

Becky says: “The Falklands Conflict is an important part of our national history. I hope the service will be a space for people to come and learn more about it and to remember all those who were killed and injured.

“It is poignant that the 40th anniversary falls at a time when other parts of the world are at war with one another. I hope and pray that the act of remembering a conflict from the past can help shape how we address conflict today.”

British military operations in the Falklands War lasted until 20 June 1982. In total, 649 Argentine military personnel, 255 British military personnel, and three Falkland Islanders died during the hostilities. 

Six British ships were lost during the conflict, including HMS Coventry which was built at Cammell Laird Shipyard, Birkenhead. On 25 May, HMS Coventry was hit by three bombs. The ship immediately headed to the port but severe flooding forced the crew to abandon the ship. In less than half an hour, she turned over and sank north of Pebble Island. 



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