Falklands hero remembered

ROYAL Marines have visited Weston to pay tribute to a fallen colleague for his services in the Falklands war. Andrew Gibbons

ROYAL Marines have visited Weston to pay tribute to a fallen colleague for his services in the Falklands war.Andrew Gibbons served with 40 Commando during the Falklands conflict 25 years ago, seeing action in Port San Carlos before moving on to Port Howard after the Argentine surrender to collect prisoners. Shortly after returning to Weston to a hero's welcome, Andrew was posted to Armagh in Northern Ireland. During active service on a cross country patrol with the marines on May 28, 1983, 20-year-old Andrew was shot and killed.His body was brought back to Weston where he was buried with full military honours at Milton Road Cemetery.His mother, Pat Day, aged 68, of Brighton Road, was touched when contacted by marines and former comrades of Andrew who wanted to visit her and conduct a remembrance service to her son at his graveside to mark the anniversary of the Falklands conflict.She said: "It was a very touching service, especially when The Last Post was played on the bugle. "I would like to thank Billy Budd, who served with Andrew, for working so hard to arrange the service. I will never forget Andrew and it is clear to me his comrades will never forget him either.


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