Personal Reflections On The Falklands War

Brigadier Hodder, Wing Commander Vincent Thomas, Major Richard Rimmington MBE

On 16 March, at St John’s Place Lower Bemerton Salisbury, the Wiltshire Alabaré Ambassadors held a fundraising evening entitled “Personal Reflections from the Falklands War and its Aftermath”. Over nearly 120 were present and in excess of £2,500 was raised for Alabaré.

The official guests were the Mayor of Salisbury, Derek Brown OBE, Brigadier Hodder, CEO of the Wessex Reserve Forces Cadets Association, Wing Commander Vincent Thomas, Second in Command at Boscombe Down and Major Richard Rimmington MBE, Royal Logistic Corp. The uniformed military trio are shown in the photograph. The major sponsors were the Mark Allen Group, Chemring Countermeasures and Our Wilton.  

The overall aim of the evening was to recall the impact of war, operations and a service career on people, both those serving and their families and friends – how this can last forever and to highlight the impact on their lives. To help those veterans, who need help in their lives, fundraising was vital.

The speakers were Commodore Jamie Miller CBE RN, Sara Jones CBE DL JP, Sir Francis Richards KCMG CVO DL and Venerable Stephen Robbins CB. The Mayor of Salisbury Derek Brown OBE closed the presentations part of the evening.

The raffle, with its excellent donated prizes, attracted much support and the first prize was a weeks holiday in a 5 bedroomed house, in a delightful setting. This was won by Rowena Gooch photographed here with Richard Lord and Stephen Robbins, who donated the prize.

Comodore Richard Lord CBE, Rowena Gooch, Stephen Robbins

The audience gave a spontanious round of applause when they realised that veteran Wren, Eve Warton, aged 93 was present. Eve trained pilots in WW2 to land on aircraft carriers. Eve is with Commodore MIller in the photograph.

Commodore Miller & Evelyn Warton

In summarising the evening the Chairman of Wiltshire Alabaré Ambassadors Commodore Richard Lord CBE said;

"It has been a privilege for the Ambassadors to arrange this evening on the 35th Anniversary of the Falklands. Those who were affected by this war and other wars are very much in our thoughts.   We are delighted about the funds raised and we know that this will be put to very good use by Alabaré."

The Ambassadors are creating a timeline of the recollections about events during and after the Falklands War on the Alabaré website. If you have a memory that you want to share, then please send it to