THE SUR­VIVOR

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SI­MON We­ston was on board the Sir Gala­had when it was bombed by Ar­gen­tine jets. He suf­fered 46 per cent burns and his scarred face, for many, is a sym­bol of the con­flict. WHEN the RFA Sir Gala­had was hit, the Ar­gen­tine bombs that killed 48 of my com­rades changed my life in a flash.

They lost their lives on the same hor­rific June day that left me with 46 per cent burns, scar­ring me phys­i­cally and men­tally for ever.

But these friends, they paid a much higher price.

I was the clos­est sur­vivor to one of the 500lb bombs when it went off, about 10 to 12ft in front of me. I was just lucky. I was on the road­way that led to the back of the ship.

I was walk­ing up to pull my friend off the top of boxes.

He was sleep­ing and I thought it would be funny to watch him wake up as he was fall­ing through the air. It was just a prank. I saw the bomb com­ing through. It det­o­nated, a fire­ball hap­pened first, the fuel ig­nited, then the bomb ex­ploded. It was just all hell and car­nage. Some­how I man­aged to get out.

Three lads in front of me took the blast. I wit­nessed an aw­ful lot of hor­ri­ble things

I sur­vived and I was very lucky — there were 48 peo­ple who didn’t.

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