Monday, June 9th 2014 - 07:11 UTC

Falklands' preparations for commemoration of the great naval battle of 1914

Commemorative events to mark the centenary of the Battles of Coronel and the Falklands were brought to the table by the Falkland Islands 1914 committee. Chair of the committee MLA Phyl Rendell said the committee split into two working groups last year to organize the schedule of events and to progress the memorial wall plans.

MLA Rendell: funds to be split between a memorial wall, social events and transporting the families of significant naval figures from Germany and Britain

“This is an entirely new concept to commemorate instead of celebrating the victory,” said committee member Richard Cockwell

 The Falkland Islands government has allocated £50,000 to fund events, “this is not a vast number of funds compared to June 14 events” said MLA Rendell, but a, “good core” to work with.

She said the funds would be split between a memorial wall, social events and transporting the families of significant naval figures involved in the battle descendants of families to the Falklands from Germany and Britain.

It was decided that events should be, “a commemoration, not a celebration ...to recognize the human losses,” said MLA Rendell.

Military Liaison officer Gareth Westlake confirmed a band and a large number sailors would be made available to take part in the parade.

HMS Clyde, HMS Dragon and RFA Gold Rover are confirmed to be taking part and HMS Protector may also be in attendance. Small boat owners are encouraged to join in to sound their horns at significant commemorative times.

Research is being carried out to find the youngest descendants of the eight FIDF members who died in the Canache during this period so they can be invited to take part.

Other research by Tim Miller has also revealed that Admiral Sturdee had a direct link with the First Falklands Scout Group.

Letters were found documenting the Admiral’s acceptance to the invitation of becoming the group’s patron, alongside the request of renaming the group to include the prefix ‘Admiral Sturdee’s own.’

“We don’t know if the name was used at the time but in recognition of the request the Scout Group will adopt the name this year,” said Mr. Miller.

A wall is being constructed to bear a visual representation of the Battle of Coronel and the Battle of the Falklands and both German and British naval dignities involved.

“This is an entirely new concept to commemorate instead of celebrating the victory,” said committee member Richard Cockwell who hoped other countries would adopt the concept too.

Planning permission has been approved for the wall to be constructed in the flower bed area by Sure.

“The idea is to compliment the current memorial not overwhelm it,” said Mr Cockwell.

A commemorative call-sign will open from the dates of the battles with a collectable QSL Card to be specially designed.

Janet McLeod explained that the amateur (Ham) radio reaches people all over the world and the last time a call-sign was made available more than 4,500 contacts
were made in four days. This call-sign will be open for a month and available at the Post Office, and could reach thousands of people.

British Forces radio manager Antony Ballard attended the meeting and said the station would create promotions for the events and could create features that carried the story of the Falklands, and they would be made available for use by FIRS. Opportunities to broadcast on BFBS television and link in Falklands’ events with BBC coverage of WWI remembrance are being investigated.

A website has been created to give the public access to the full schedule of events. Private events that want join the official list or benefit from advertising, are also encouraged to come forward through the website: www.falklands2014.org.uk .(PN).-

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1 Evil Colonialist Pirate (#) Jun 09th, 2014 - 07:33 am Report abuse
Cue another whiny statement from Argentina denouncing the colonial militarisation of the Malvinas Islands...
2 Anglotino (#) Jun 09th, 2014 - 07:38 am Report abuse
Aren't you just as bad starting it.
3 golfcronie (#) Jun 09th, 2014 - 07:42 am Report abuse
Gathering an Armada,
4 zathras (#) Jun 09th, 2014 - 08:26 am Report abuse
It was decided that events should be, “a commemoration, not a celebration ...to recognize the human losses,” said MLA Rendell.

Funny how we commemorate victories.

Unlike other who to this day celebrate illegal invasions...
Yet claim they had nothing to do with the government who ordered the invasion.
And that they are peaceful now, btw can we remove our troops, as we are so peaceful...
yeah right
5 Evil Colonialist Pirate (#) Jun 09th, 2014 - 09:18 am Report abuse
@2 Anglotino
I'm not stating it. I'm predicting Argentina will, basing my assumptions on past events.
6 falklandlad (#) Jun 09th, 2014 - 10:00 am Report abuse
Ah.... HMS Dragon. Now that'll get a few feathers wishing in casa rosada. What a splendid vessel to visit at this time.
7 LEPRecon (#) Jun 09th, 2014 - 11:56 am Report abuse
@6 falklandlad

HMS Dragon? Isn't that one of the UK's 'DEATH STARS'?
8 Conqueror (#) Jun 09th, 2014 - 12:29 pm Report abuse
@6 Do NOT forget HMS Clyde, RFA Gold Rover and HMS Protector. Clyde, the Falklands patrol vessel. Always there. Complement of 38 officers and men. The “front line”. RFA Gold Rover. One of the two remaining single-hulled Rover class. Manned by civilians, under naval discipline. Very brave people. HMS Protector. More courageous people. How fortunate the Falkland Islands are. So many British military and civilians. But we know you appreciate them. That's why, if you stick with your principles, we'll stick with ours. And why do I say that? Because, for me personally, Gibraltar is becoming a worry. It seems to be looking to relying on the EU. In other words, capitulation. How long after Gibraltar steps into the EU camp that the Guardia Civil and spanish army will march in, the spanish air force lands at the airport and the spanish navy docks in the harbour?

But perhaps HMS Dragon should perform a demonstration? Wouldn't that be good? Fire everything. One after the other. Target the anti-air missiles on drones. Harpoon against a barge. Ditto all the guns. Launch the helicopter(s) and watch as it/they launch anti-submarine torpedos. Bet the argies would love to see it!
9 falklandlad (#) Jun 09th, 2014 - 12:43 pm Report abuse
@ #7. Yes, I believe Dragon is Daring's sister, which Buenos Aires got quite peeved about while on south atlantic routine patrol a year or so ago. A demostration of capability at #8 would be fantastic!
10 LEPRecon (#) Jun 09th, 2014 - 03:17 pm Report abuse
@9 falklandlad

And to think we have 6 Death Stars in our arsenal!

Makes the Empire look weak in the Star Wars movies, they only managed one at a time. Added to that is that British troops tend to hit the target they're aiming at, unlike the Stormtroopers, and you've got an unbeatable team!

However, back to the thread.

This is how wars should be remembered. They shouldn't be celebrated, they should be commemorated. And commemorated by both sides.

Unfortunately Argentina is a childish country that doesn't know when enough is enough. I'd've thought that nearly 700 dead would've been enough, and that they would grow up and accept responsibility for their actions, but apparently not.

I hope all of those involved in the commemorations of the Battle of the Falklands in 1914 (regardless of which side they were on) will come together in peace and remember the sacrifices made by ordinary men for their countries.
11 CaptainSilver (#) Jun 09th, 2014 - 04:52 pm Report abuse
On the aniversary Argieland have been invited to send any ARA vessel that is still capable of floating to be used as target practice. Bahahahaha.....
12 Briton (#) Jun 09th, 2014 - 07:19 pm Report abuse
Apparently CFK wanted to counter this with a demonstration of her own mighty navy,

But air fix, industries could not supply enough plastic in time.
lolol
13 toooldtodieyoung (#) Jun 09th, 2014 - 10:01 pm Report abuse
HMS Dragon?????

HMS Dragon????

Oh dear, the Argentines won't like that at all....Not at all at all......
14 lxflyer (#) Jun 10th, 2014 - 08:34 am Report abuse
I find that a bit impossible to be honest, given that I'm pretty sure HMS Dragon is in the UK or UK waters.

I suspect that it is frigate HMS Portland which is the current ship on South Atlantic patrol rather than HMS Dragon.

Also HMS Protector is in the Caribbean on stormwatch duties and certainly won't be there.
15 Clyde15 (#) Jun 10th, 2014 - 09:41 am Report abuse
HMS Dragon is moored in Plymouth just now.
16 Monty69 (#) Jun 10th, 2014 - 12:27 pm Report abuse
14 lxflyer

I think they could probably get here by 8th December.
17 lxflyer (#) Jun 10th, 2014 - 02:50 pm Report abuse
16 - Ah well that's different!!

There was no date specified in the article - I assumed it was more immediate than that!!
18 Briton (#) Jun 10th, 2014 - 06:25 pm Report abuse
ah
bluff , deception , lolol..
19 Pete Bog (#) Jun 13th, 2014 - 09:52 am Report abuse
@14 lxflyer

“Also HMS Protector is in the Caribbean on stormwatch duties and certainly won't be there.”

As the Argies are always sucking up to Caribbean countries, haven't they sent the Liberturd to assist with the storm watch duties?

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