Mansfield service marks ending of Falklands conflict

Veterans and dignitaries gathered to mark the 40th anniversary of the Falklands conflict.

Thursday, 23rd June 2022, 11:44 am
Updated Monday, 27th June 2022, 11:10 am

The Mansfield branch of the Royal British Legion held the service, at the ‘Tear Drop’ memorial in Carr Bank Park.

The service was led by the Reverend Canon Paul Bentley and included the Mansfield Corps of Drums.

Sandra Bentley, branch secretary, said a wreath was laid by Derek Edwards, the uncle of Mark Stephens, who died on board HMS Antelope, and who lived in Mansfield Woodhouse.

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The service was led by the Reverend Canon Paul Bentley.

Steward Stephens was aged just 17 when he died after the frigate HMS Antelope was attacked by Argentine aircraft on May 23, 1982, while on air defence duty at the entrance to San Carlos Water,

Two further wreaths were laid by Mansfield Council and the Legion, while four standards were in attendance – Mansfield and Bellamy branches of the RBL, the Sherwood Foresters, and the Royal Air Force Association.

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The Mansfield Corps of drums were in attendance.
The service took place in Carr Bank Park.
A plaque remembers Steward Mark Stephens, who was killed in the Falklands conflict, aged just 17.
Representatives from the local cadet branches, a few members of the public and even a woman from the Falklands attended the ceremony.
Mansfield Branch of The Royal British Legion held a service in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the ending of the Falklands Conflict.