Second World War Veterans in the Falklands?


Does anyone know if there were any instances of Second World War Veterans serving in the Falklands? As senior NCOs/Officers? I have heard of instances of American Vietnam Veterans serving and being killed in Afghanistan, so I wondered if anything similar happened in the UK Forces.


I've seen a set of medals on the British Medals Forum that include WW2 medals and a SAM. Not sure what the history was tbh.
*Wah shield up*
You know the Falklands Conflict was 42 years after WWII? Right?
*Wah shield down*
37 Years if you think of it as a young private joining late in the war... I've met some officers nearing 34 years service, it could be possible.
Vietnam finished in 1975, WW2 finished in 1945, therefore there is more likely to be a Vietnam vet serving in Afghanistan, if a US serviceman was 18 in 1975 he would have been 44 in 2001, easily done, best case senario for WW2 vet, if a British soldier was 14 in 1945 he would have been 51 in 1982, possible if a senior officer.
Korean war finished 8 years after WW2, so entirely possible.
I've seen a set of medals on the British Medals Forum that include WW2 medals and a SAM. Not sure what the history was tbh.
Belonged to a chap who was RN in WWII and MN in 82: he volunteered to go with the Task Force.

Most of those with WWII service would have been MN. Captain Ian North DSC, Master of the Atlantic Conveyor was another.


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I met a chap with WW2 medals who had a Granby medal. I was suspicious and he noticed my suspicion and explained that he worked for LandRover and was sent to Saudi to support the LR fleet. As a result he got gonged. I'd imagine the only one.

Sent from my iPhone using ARRSE so please excuse fat fingers and slips of the keyboard.
or he could have been on holiday in cyprus at the time!
I can remember a couple of blokes who joined up during WWII, and were still serving in 1986. They were not senior officers. They were not even officers. In fact, they were not even Seniors. They had joined up under some obscure contract, and had preserved retention rights. They were known as 'Kept Men'.


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As per the above: At least one of the Merchant Navy seamen in Corporate was a WWII veteran.

He was quoted as saying the big difference between WWII-era squaddies and 1982-era squaddies was personal cleanliness: The latter were much more obsessed with that. (Of course, one could say society in general, rather than simply the armed forces, has become much more hygiene-centric since 1945).

The question is now: Where did I read this?

I THINK (but would not be my life) it was in Robert Fox's very good book on the Falklands War.


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The RAF might have had some they can (or could) stay into 65 on exception
Say 18 in 1944 you would only be 56 in 82
Bet there was some old engineers kicking about who'd worked on Lancs
My uncle was at Christmas Island with a towel on his head and he was still kicking about in the early 80's


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A mates Dad served during the Second World War and the Falklands. Capt Chris Purtcher-Wydenbruch RFA Sir Lancelot. He was a friendly alien during WWII (Swiss) and served in the RAF Regiment from memory then switched to the RFA.

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