BABBINGTON, Peter Murray

Captain (later Honorary Colonel)
Unit / Base: 
'42 Commando RM'
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Captain Peter Babbington, 'K' Company Commander, was awarded the Military Cross for his actions during operations on the Falkland Islands [1].
On the night of 11th/12th June 1982, on the Island of East Falkland, 42 Command Royal Marines began a silent night attack against strongly held enemy positions on the Mount Harriet feature, five kilometres to the west of Port Stanley. Initially, in getting onto and amongst the rocky crags of Mount Harriet, undetected by the enemy, they achieved brilliant surprise. The enemy, caught off balance, reacted fiercely. Captain Babbington was commanding the leading Company as the fighting erupted. In the midst of a ferocious fire fight, Captain Babbington calmly directed his men and used his tactical and support weapons to maximum devastating effect. His personal courage and cool professionalism were an inspiring example and a crucial factor in defeating the enemy [1].
  • 19 April 2002 Lieutenant Colonel (Acting Colonel) Peter Murray Babbington, M.C., appointed C.B.E., in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Sierra Leone during the period 1st April 2001 to 30th September 2001.[2].
  • 1 February 2003 to Retired List granted Honorary rank of Colonel [3].
[1] London Gazette 49134, page 12837.
[2] London Gazette 56541, page 4812.
[3] London Gazette 56837, page 1389.
The book 'Take that Hill' (Appendix IV), author Major General Nick Vaux CB, DSO, RM.

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