Thursday, 12 June 2014

Falklands conflict bomb disposal hero is honoured with a new plaque

THE FAMILY of a bomb disposal expert who died during the Falklands conflict have unveiled a new plaque in his memory after the original memorial was stolen by metal thieves.Sergeant Jim Prescott, of Auchinleck, was killed in action as he tried to defuse an unexploded 1,000lb bomb that struck the Royal Navy warship HMS Antelope during the war with Argentina. In honour of his sacrifice his comrades in the Royal Engineers paid for a bronze plaque to be installed on a bridge built by the regiment in Milngavie and later renamed after Sgt Prescott, but it was stolen last year and has not been recovered. After hearing about the theft his squadmate Warrant Officer John Phillips DSC, who was with the bomb disposal expert when he was killed, organised for a new plaque to be inscribed and attached to the bridge. He contacted members of the regiment's association who rallied round to raise more than £2,000 for a replacement to be created. The new plaque, made of granite, was officially dedicated during a ceremony yesterday on the 42nd anniversary of Sgt Prescott's death, attended by his daughters Angela and Carol and members of his regiment. His daughter Angela Dolan said: "It was a lovely day for the ceremony and we really appreciate the effort everyone has made. It was very nice to see so many people there.Read more here HERE R.I.P.