Funeral service for Falklands veteran Surgeon Captain Rick Jolly, will be held Saturday February 10.
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The funeral service for the hugely-respected and popular Falklands veteran Surg Capt Rick Jolly, who died on Jan 13th, will be held at HMS Raleigh on Saturday February 10.
Royal Navy surgeon Rick Jolly, who sadly died of complications from a heart condition, was the only serviceman in the Falklands war of 1982 to be honoured by both the British and Argentinian sides. The awards were in recognition of his achievements in managing three frontline field hospitals in which more than 1,000 casualties – among them around 300 Argentinian soldiers and airmen – were successfully treated.
The Royal Navy surgeon was the senior medical officer of 3 Commando Brigade, based in Plymouth. He with a force of around 5,500 Royal Marines and paratroopers were dispatched on the commandeered cruise liner SS Canberra to liberate the Falklands in April 1982. His plan to use Canberra as a floating field hospital was abandoned after it became clear that the ship’s weakness to air attacks meant that it needed to be kept 200 miles out at sea. So, Capt. Jolly set up his first field hospital in a derelict meat- processing plant at Ajax Bay, the “Red and Green Life Machine”, as Jolly nicknamed it.
During the conflict – which claimed the lives of 258 Britons on sea and land – Rick’s staff ensured that every British soldier who arrived at the Ajax Bay hospital left alive.
For his life-saving efforts, Rick was presented an OBE by the Queen and the Orden de Mayo from Buenos Aires for his efforts to treat Argentine wounded in 1982.
He retired from the navy in 1996, with the rank of Surgeon Captain and sadly died on 13th January 2018, aged 71.
Service personnel, veterans and members of the public will gather to say their final goodbyes to Captain Rick Jolly at the Royal Navy training centre on Saturday, February 10th.
Those wishing to attend are being urged to pass on their details to the South Atlantic Medal Association (SAMA) via the online form at www.sama82.org.uk .
Those without email access should contact John Anderson on 07570084541.
The service will begin at 1 pm, with Raleigh's gates open for mourners from 12 noon. Attendees are requested to bring photographic ID.
Parking is available on the Spickernell site at HMS Raleigh. There will be a reception after the service.
Captain Rick Jolly’s bestselling account of the South Atlantic conflict, The Red and Green Life Machine: A Diary of the Falklands Field Hospital, was published in 1983; it has been reprinted several times as Doctor for Friend and Foe. His other books included Jackspeak: A Guide to British Naval Slang and Usage (1989) and For Campaign Service (1979), a novel about British service personnel in Northern Ireland, written under the pseudonym Christopher Hawke.