Fact­file on.......... The Sir Gala­had

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&World Update -

A 3,270 ton Round Ta­ble class land­ing ship lo­gis­tics (LSL), the Royal Fleet Aux­il­iary ves­sel was launched in 1966.

It en­tered the Falk­lands War on April 6, 1982, leav­ing Devon­port Naval Base be­fore ar­riv­ing in San Car­los Wa­ter on May 21.

Three days later, a 1,000 pound bomb was dropped on it, but did not det­o­nate.

On June 8, it was sunk while un­load­ing sol­diers in Bluff Cove. A to­tal of 48 sol­diers and sea­men were killed.

Of the dead, 32 were Welsh Guards and among the wounded was Simon We­ston OBE, who was badly burned and be­came fa­mous for his char­ity work.

A re­place­ment ship en­tered ser­vice in 1988, car­ry­ing the same name and pen­nant num­ber.

AP­PEAL: (top) Brick­layer’s Arms li­censee Cather­ine Jack­son (left) and reg­u­lars with a photo of Alun Walker at a Help For He­roes fundraiser last year. They are rais­ing cash for a head­stone for Mr Walker’s un­marked grave. ABOVE: The stricken Sir Gala­had, on which Mr Walker was in­jured.

IN­JURED: Simon We­ston

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