Captain John Hamilton MC - 22 SAS & Green Howards

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Reference WMO/282432


Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove

National Memorial Arboretum

Croxall Road



DE13 7AR


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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
About the memorial: After being commissioned into the Green Howards, John Hamilton served in Northern Ireland, Belize and Cyprus before joining 19 Troop D Squadron 22 SAS in 1981. He was soon called to action when the Falkland Islands were invaded in April 1982. Between the 25th April and 10th June his Troop and the Squadron took part in many missions. His final action was on the 10th June on Many Branch Point which he used as an observation point to report on enemy troop movements in Port Howard on West Falkland. During this operation an enemy patrol attacked them and they were forced to fight. Captain Hamilton covered the withdrawal of his signaller by attacking the enemy. Sadly he lost his life during this fire fight and was posthumously awarded the Military Cross in October 1982 for this unselfish act of bravery.
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The Epic Pebble Island Raid This operation in which John took part echoed back to the origins of the SAS during World War Two in which enemy airfields were targeted. The reconnaissance of the airfield prior to the raid had identified that only about 30 minutes of offensive action would be possible due to prevailing wind conditions for helicopter operations from HMS Hermes. Within that very tight time frame ten aircraft were destroyed and then support fire from HMS Broadsword and Glamorgan helped to eliminate the fuel and ammunition dumps whilst protecting the SAS troops withdrawal. Freedom from the Sea came to the British Falkland Islanders

Captain John Hamilton MC

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