Thursday, 8 March 2012


On the night of 13/14 June 1982, on the Island of east Falkland, the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards attacked well entrenched enemy position on the craggy ridge feature of Tumbledown Mountain, seven kilometers to the West of Port Stanley

During the assault, Major BETHEL and his Company carried out a diversionary attack; a number of casualties were sustained. To maintain the momentum of the advance, Major BETHEL went forward, throwing grenades as he went and destroyed the enemy in two well entrenched positions.

Later in the battle, whilst giving covering fire to his men, he was wounded by shrapnel. Ignoring his wounds, he continued to marshal his Force in an orderly withdrawal.

For his courageous action and outstanding leadership under fire, Major BETHEL is very strongly recommended for Mention in Despatches.

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