JONES, Jeffrey

Unit / Base: 
'29 Commando Regiment RA'
Royal Artillery
Royal Navy
Honours & Awards: 
Gunner Jeffrey Jones received a Mention in Despatches during operations in the Falklands.
On the night of 10/11 June 1982 Gunner Jones was manning an observation post on the upper slopes of Mount Kent. During the night he was ordered to withdraw from his position and return to his patrol base at the foot of the mountain. In the course of this move he fell breaking his ankle.
At almost the same moment, a patrol action took place in the valley below him, in which several Royal Marines were injured. Ignoring his own injuries and quickly realising he was the sole link in the communication chain between this patrol and its base, he remained on the mountain, in freezing wet conditions, and with a broken ankle, to relay messages to and from the patrol.
Only when the evacuation of casualties was complete did he remind his superiors of his own injuries, now compunded by exposure. His courage and selfless devotion to duty, together with his determaination, are entirely worthy of the award of Mention in Despatches." [Recommended by Lt Col. A.F. Whitehead RM].
London Gazette 49134 page 12853.
National Archives file WO373/188/334.

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