A Falklands War veteran who wants to meet the family of an Argentine soldier he claims to have killed during the 1982 conflict was accused last night of fabricating his story.
Former guardsman Gordon Hoggan, 55, made international headlines last week after issuing an emotional appeal to come face-to-face with the relatives of Jose Luis Galarza – who he says he stabbed to death on Mount Tumbledown, near the islands’ capital, Port Stanley.
In a story published by The Guardian, the guardsman, who has suffered mental health issues since the campaign, said he wanted to achieve ‘closure’ and to explain his actions to the deceased soldier’s family.
But last night a senior British Army officer said Hoggan’s account was ‘completely untrue’.
Hoggan, who served with G Company, Scots Guards, gave an interview during which he described graphically bayonetting an Argentine soldier.
‘I stabbed him through the neck with my bayonet,’ he said.
‘He was screaming in Spanish. I had to put my foot on his face to get my bayonet out. The blood came rushing out. I was covered from head to foot.’ HERE