Falklands loss has not been forgotten

Mother Dorothy MacPherson, brother David and sister-in-law Jean of fallen Royal Marine Gordon MacPherson, are joined at RM Condor, Arbroath for a memorial service conducted by Rev. Mark Davidson RN and Help Our Wounded volunteers. Picutre courtesy of Wallace Ferrier.
Mother Dorothy MacPherson, brother David and sister-in-law Jean of fallen Royal Marine Gordon MacPherson, are joined at RM Condor, Arbroath for a memorial service conducted by Rev. Mark Davidson RN and Help Our Wounded volunteers. Picutre courtesy of Wallace Ferrier.

Remembering the personal sacrifice of the 1980’s Falkland’s conflict at RM Condor last Wednesday was the family of fallen marine Gordon MacPherson.

To commemorate their loss, ‘Help Our Wounded’ charity donated a park bench and a Crab Apple tree to the family.

Mother Dorothy and brother David MacPherson along with David’s wife’s Jean were invited to the Royal Marine base in Arbroath to plant the tree in memory of Gordon who was killed in the Argentinian conflict in 1982.

Dorothy planted the tree in the grounds of base church, St Christopher’s, where the park bench is also situated.

The family had travelled from their home in Oban, where Gordon is buried, to attend the memorial service.

Gordon served with Zulu Company and was one of the 13 men serving at Condor, who were killed during the Falklands War.

Royal Navy Padre Reverend Mark Davidson conducted the service attended by former Royal Marines including WO2 Sergeant Major George Mechin who served as Sergeant Major of Yankee Company during the conflict.

“It was a very nice service by the Reverend and we were honoured to be asked by the charity. It is always nice to get back up to Condor and we are hoping at some stage to arrange a memorial plaque,” said David.

A mega challenge followed the memorial to raise money for the ‘Help Our Wounded’ charity to ensure they can continue to help families such as Gordon MacPherson’s.

Riders and a support team set off on the long cycle from the base in Arbroath on July 25 to the Royal Marine training base in Lympstone, Devon.

At time of print the team had smashed their £7,500 target and raised a staggering £11,346.