Over 150 veterans and families filled St Giles Parish Church in Wrexham for the annual Service of Remembrance to commemorate all those who died in the Falklands War 33 years ago. After the service in the church, the congregation moved to Celtic Cross in the Memorial Gardens to lay a wreath and thence to War Memorial Hall for refreshments.

The service was attended by Major Karl Dawson OC HQ Coy and former Captain Chris Hopkins who met with some of the veterans, many of whom had interesting stories to relate. Mr Terry Mooney had served in the North-West European Theatre with the POW Coy before ending his career in the MT Platoon. Retired Major Julian Peel Yates, who was OC HQ Coy during the Falklands War, was also at the service. Major Peel Yates’ grandfather, Battery Captain Stanley Williams, provided gunnery support to 1st Bn Welsh Guards on the Somme where the Battalion won their Battle Honours at Ginchy and Flers Courcelette in September 1916. Before WW1 Stanley Williams played for Newport RFC and was capped by the British Lions during a South Africa tour in 1910-11.

Major Dawson reflected that the reminiscences about the experiences of soldiers from all over the Principality exemplified the commitment of Welshmen who joined the Welsh Guards, and drew them together in a family dedicated to honouring those who had fallen in battle and never letting them be forgotten.

Many thanks go to Chris Hopkins for organising the event and devoting so much time and effort to its success.