Falklands War - Two Sisters

See Ian in the 1969 Cricket XI

The Secretary, Michael Peagram and his wife, Angela, recently visited the Falkland Islands and took the opportunity to visit Two Sisters where Price's pupil, Cpl Ian Spencer of Zulu Company, 45 Royal Marine Commando was killed on the night attack on Two Sisters (North) on 11/12th June 1982. The successful attack coupled with that on Mount Tumbledown and other key locations led to the collapse of Argentinian resistance and the surrender on 14th June 1982.

With the help of arrangements made by John Tompkins, another former pupil who was serving in 3 Para on the Falklands during the war, a very special transport vehicle - an ex-army BV206 - took us to the summit of Two Sisters where a newly erected memorial commemorates Ian Spencer and three others who fell with him.

The Memorial showing the Falklands capital, Stanley in the distance approximately over the right corner of the memorial. A cross was left on behalf of the Society in honour of Cpl Ian Spencer and also the container ship, "Atlantic Conveyor", sunk by Exocet attack since Angela used to work for Atlantic Container Lines in Southampton, the operators of the vessel.

Two Sisters North to the left and South to the right. Cpl Ian Spencer was killed in the attack on Two Sisters North.

Two Sisters looking west with Two Sisters North to the right and our transport a BV206.

Zulu company attacked by night across featureless moorland with no cover. Our knowledgeable guide, Karl, whose family had roots on the Islands stretching back to 1854, told us that Ian Spencer fell about two hundred yards from the objective whilst pinned down by fire.

The plan of attack as shown in the official RM Commando records. Our guide said that the whole Falklands campaign was recently reviewed by "top brass" and found to be thoroughly sound in the circumstances.

The debris of a British cluster bomb on Mount Tumbledown. These fearsome weapons are now banned under international treaty but were legal in 1982.