PILLAR, Andrew Robert

Lieutenant Colonel
Unit / Base: 
40 Commando RM
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Captain Andrew Pillar, 40 Commando RM, received a Mention in Despatches  in recognition of service in operations in the South Atlantic during the Falklands War [1].
  • 14 November 1995 (Lieutenant Colonel) appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Northern Ireland during the previous year [2].
  • Jan/Feb. 1996 Commanding Officer 42 Commando RM [3].
Recommendation for MiD
On the night of 13 June 1982 on the Island of East Falkland, 40 Commando Royal Marines were advancing on the Sapper Hill feature, 3 kilometres to the west of Port Stanley. Captain Pillar was commanding the leading company when they became entrapped in an unmarked anti personnel minefield and subjected to sporadic enemy artillery fire. Despite a danger to his own person from continuing explosions, Captain Pillar returned through the minefield to organise the evacuation of casualties from the rear of his Company. His presence and calm example gave the Company confidence throughout a long dangerous night. For his fine leadership, courage and resolve, Captain Pillar is recommended for Mention in Despatches [1a].
[1] London Gazette 49134, page 12842.
[1a] National Archives file WO373/188/198.
[2] London Gazette 54212, page 15367.
[3] Globe and Laurel Jan.Feb. 1996 edition.

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