A bond that dates back to the Falklands War in 1982, the Falkland Islands Government has donated £5,000 to the Parachute Regiment to build a statue set to be erected in Aldershot.
Personnel from C (Bruneval) Company The Second Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) were presented with the cheque stood next the Falklands War Memorial in Stanley by Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Roger Edwards who was attached to D Squadron 22 SAS Regiment in 1982 during battles at Goose Green, Mount Kent and Beagle Ridge.
The Parachute Regiment has a close relationship with the Falklands’ community as 2 and 3 PARA played a significant part in the liberation of the Falklands in 1982.
42 members of The Parachute Regiment and attached personnel were killed in action, and 95 personnel from 2 and 3 PARA were wounded.
Lt Col H Jones, Commander of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment during the Falklands War, was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.
Officer Commanding of C (Bruneval) Coy 2 PARA, Major Ed Brown, shares what the donation means to the regiment.
“The Parachute regiment have provided the Royal Infantry Company in the Falkland Islands for the last few years during memorial season.
“We’re very lucky to have met people who were involved with the conflict or remember the conflict and the involvement of 2 PARA from 1982."
“It’s obviously hugely interesting and a great privilege for us.
“That relationship continues to this day and we can continue to take that forward.”
The statue is set to be placed outside the garrison church in Aldershot as a commemoration of airborne forces in particular of the Parachute Regiment who were based in Aldershot for a duration of their history.
“At the moment there is no form of memorial there, so this will be a welcome statue of appreciation linking the two communities together.”
The plinth that the statue is going to stand on is a piece of stone from the Falkland Islands which was donated by the Falkland Islands Government.
The stone itself is set to be placed on a ship back to the UK shortly and the statue will then stand on the stone in Aldershot.
It is estimated that the statue will be unveiled in June 2019.