Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Pictures of Right Flank

As I have mentioned in some of my previous posts I bitterly regret not taking many photographs during the war. It's been sad to have no record of what has been one of the pinacial moments in my life.

Last year one of the many formed Scots Guards I was able to get back in contact with was Right Flanks Company Clerk Dereck Gibb. Dereck and I spent a lot of time together before, during and after the war as his role as Company Clerk and mine as their Pay Clerk meant we often worked together trying to unravel some of the financial mess that young (and old) guardsmen found themselves getting into.

He recently pointed out that I should join the Scots Guards regimental association mailing list on Yahoo http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hielanladdieclubMk2/ which I eventually did and boy am I glad I did. As well as having some nice welcoming emails tucked away in the photograph section are some wonderful photographs of the battalion in 1982.

I first of all have to apologise to anybody if they are upset that I have taken copies and reposted them on my blog. They are however a wonderful window onto a time when we were all younger and less world weary.

Thanks so much Capstar


and Thomas Grieg for making these available.


Alas I didn't find any of myself but there is a cracking one of my Paymaster Captain Denis O'Keefe as well of my best friend Paul Talman. Paul was sadly killed in a car accident in Cyprus in 1984 leaving behind a wife (hi Chris) and 2 smashing kids. I spent many a happy weekend with them at their married quarter.

Also among the photos are a few tantalising hints of the mural that was lost at Ajax Bay. I am still looking for more so if anybody has ANYTHING they think they would like to share please let me know.


Tom McMillan said...

high steve
my name is tom mcmillan and I served with 2SG from 79 untill 82 I was looking through your blog and saw a picture of myself and a few other guys the picture was either taken at ajax or bluff cove the guys in the picture are from left to right wullie phee, billy good, myself, craftsman philips reme we knew him as "big wurzel" and the last guy is john buchan. I lost all my pictures from the falklands as they went missing from my room in chelsea the sad thing is that they were my only copies and meant so much to me and I will never forgive whoever took them from me as this was a very important episode in our lives and they can never be replaced so if you know of anywhere i can get photos please let me know
any way enough for now and I look forward to hearing from you soon
all the very best
tom mcmillan

Trigger said...

Coxy.. well I never, I havent looked anything much up since 82 but my son is with HMS Northumberland and heading south soon so I was doing some research for him and found your blog, its brilliant, I liked the video stuff from 2007, cant believe how big Simon McNiel has got, we joined together back in 76,it was quite moving to watch, and the pics are brilliant to, do you have anymore from then, I have moved about a bit in the past 25 yrs and lost some of mine, I still have a few which you can have copies of if you want, anyway keep up the good work, Ex L/Sgt Rogers, RF Sigs Det (AKA Trigger)

bathmate said...

I liked it.

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Anonymous said...

Hi there,

Thanks for sharing the link - but unfortunately it seems to be down? Does anybody here at stevecocksfalklands.blogspot.com have a mirror or another source?


Steve Cocks said...

Harry which link were you referring to? I checked the ones in the post and all 3 are working still though the mailing list is an age restricted area and you need to contact the list admin to get entry

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