ROTHERAM, Ronald James

Known as: 
Scouse
Rank: 
Sergeant
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
P027686Q
Born: 
Monday, February 23, 1948
Died : 
Tuesday, June 8, 1982
Killed in action or died of wounds
Location: 
Age: 
34
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Sgt Rotheram RM

Sgt. Rotheram [1] was killed during operations in the Falklands. He was attached to Task Force Landing Craft Squadron RM.

He had previously served in Northern Ireland, Singapore, Cyprus (with the United Nations), in HMS Nubain, Plymouth and Malta.

He was killed on board Landing Craft Utility F4 from HMS Fearless during the Falklands Conflict in 1982. With the British Army’s 5 Brigade separated from their vital communications vehicles back at Goose Green, F4 under the command of C/Sgt Brian Johnston had been dispatched in poorly charted waters and under significant threat of air attack.  In a remarkable feat of pilotage, in darkness and without modern navigational aids, they reached Goose Green in good order and loaded the vehicles.

Shortly afterwards, the landing craft was bombed and sunk by Argentine Skyhawks and all but two of LCU F4’s crew were killed including C/Sgt Johnston,  Sergeant R J Rotheram, Marine A J RundleMarine R D GriffinMechanical Engineering Artificer (Propulsion) A S James, and Leading Marine Engineer (Mechanical) D Miller.

Sources:
See entry on link above for C/Sgt. Brian Ronald Johnston
Entry on SAMA82 website
 
Notes
[1] Surname spelt as on AFM ROH, seen elsewhere incorrectly as ROTHERHAM. See entry on the SAMA82  website - Garden of Remembrance]
 

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