Tuesday, November 13th 2012 - 21:19 UTC

PM Cameron and Foreign Secretary Hague pay tribute to Sir Rex Hunt

British Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague paid tribute to the former governor of the Falkland Islands Sir Rex Hunt who died at the age of 86 on Sunday.

Sir Rex standing in from of Government House in Stanley

After the conflict with UK troops

Likewise in the Falklands flags are flown at half mast in Stanley in memory of Sir Rex, and a book of condolence will be opened at Christ Church Cathedral.

In a short statement from 10 Downing Street, PM Cameron said Sir Rex Hung should be a hero to everyone in Britain.

“He gave years of dedicated service to this country and to the Falkland Islands. Faced with invading forces in Port Stanley in April 1982, his courage, resolve and judgement fired the spirit of the Islanders and the British people to stand up to aggression and to defend the rights and freedom of the Islanders. My thoughts are with his family and friends as they mourn him today”.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said: “I was very sorry to hear of the death of Sir Rex Hunt. As Governor of the Falkland Islands he served his country and the Falkland Islanders with great distinction.”

“Like the Islanders themselves, he demonstrated great courage and fortitude in the face of Argentine aggression during the Falklands conflict” and after the conflict “he contributed to the transformation of the Falkland Islands into a vibrant, modern and successful democracy.

“The warm tribute the Falkland Islands Government has paid him reflects the genuine respect, gratitude and affection felt for Sir Rex by the people he worked so hard to support. His contribution will not be forgotten”.

On Sunday the Falklands Legislative Assembly underlined Sir Rex “will forever be remembered in the Islands for his years of service as Governor, and particularly for his courage and dignity in facing the Argentine invasion in 1982”.

“His numerous contributions to our home were recognised in his being granted the Freedom Of Stanley in 1985. A loyal friend of the Falkland Islands, he served for many years as Chairman of the Falkland Islands Association and as President of the UK Falkland Islands Trust. His passion and commitment to the Falkland Islands will be sorely missed”.

Sir Rex Hunt was Governor of the Falklands from 1980 to 1985. He was shipped out of the Islands by the invading Argentine forces to Montevideo but returned a few weeks later after the conflict to help with the successful economic reconstruction of the Falklands.


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1 gustbury (#) Nov 14th, 2012 - 01:44 pm Report abuse
man ..invaders are you,dont forget it!!
2 Conqueror (#) Nov 14th, 2012 - 01:50 pm
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3 Santa Fe (#) Nov 14th, 2012 - 05:12 pm Report abuse
YODA ... We didn't invade, and been in islands since 1765 ...well before the British authorised Settlement by Vernet in 1833. only invasion I remember was Argentina, they had a few toilet problems I seem to remember, they prefer to defacate in islanders homes , post offices and school VILE urgghh
4 RICO (#) Nov 14th, 2012 - 06:35 pm Report abuse
It's good to remember our old heroes and their nobility. Argentina can remember their old heroes and their criminality.
5 Musky (#) Nov 14th, 2012 - 08:59 pm Report abuse
RIP Rex. You get warm tributes and the last argentine governor gets a cold cell!
6 Pete Bog (#) Nov 14th, 2012 - 09:38 pm Report abuse
RIP Rex-even though you were overpowered and with only a revolver, and a small man in stature at that you had the guts of a giant to tell the RG's what was what before you reluctantly surrendered to save your men's and Islanders lives-I hope the Islanders (if they have not done already) will put up a statue in your honour outside GH
7 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 14th, 2012 - 10:52 pm Report abuse
#2 Short, but as “sweet” as your usual!
8 Clyde15 (#) Nov 15th, 2012 - 10:43 am Report abuse
Is Gustbury really Yoda, from Star Wars ?
9 BritishguyfromLondon (#) Nov 15th, 2012 - 11:12 am Report abuse
RIP Rex, a great man who did everything he could to preserve the freedom of a group of innocent islanders from an aggressive stealing foreign power. Sir Hunt, we salute you!
10 Skare (#) Nov 15th, 2012 - 10:26 pm Report abuse
i am skare
11 Clyde15 (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 01:33 pm Report abuse
I am the walrus - coo coo cooju
12 Joe Bloggs (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 07:53 pm Report abuse
11 LOL!
13 brits gobblers (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 10:04 pm Report abuse
gluggglgluuggg,,,,, goggle translation: idiots
14 Mrs Captain Poppy (#) Nov 16th, 2012 - 10:44 pm Report abuse
@ 11 Clyde15
would you please respect ladies....or shut up!
15 Clyde15 (#) Nov 17th, 2012 - 09:34 am Report abuse
Is that you Sussie ?
I cannot shut up as “shutting up” implies speech and this is purely a written format - unless you are hearing voices....................that would be creepy !
16 mohamed yamin (#) Nov 17th, 2012 - 08:28 pm Report abuse
no....I am a british
17 Clyde15 (#) Nov 17th, 2012 - 09:21 pm Report abuse
Yes. certainly. of course you are !!!!!!!!!
Have you had a mental breakdown or does schizophrenia rule,- OK

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