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Island named after last solider killed in the Falklands’ conflict

Tuesday, February 21st 2012 - 04:59 UTC
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On a June morning 30 years ago, Pte Craig Jones was killed by a shell as British troops made their final push in the Falklands War. He was the last soldier to die in the conflict as a ceasefire was declared the following day. Read full article

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  • jerry

    I have had no part in the terrible times of this conflict, but I think both Great Britain and Argentina should honor this act.

    Feb 21st, 2012 - 05:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • xbarilox

    Nice guy, wars are made to destroy lives.

    Feb 21st, 2012 - 06:13 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Teaboy2

    @1 As much as i agree with you Jerry, unfortunately i can see Argentina using this as further anti british propaganda. They do not and did not even respect their own war dead, so they are not likely to respect the death of one british soldier or the naming of an island in his memory.

    Feb 21st, 2012 - 09:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    What a pity,
    Such a handsome young man, too.
    No, malvinistas, you will NEVER get your filthy paws on these lslands!

    Feb 21st, 2012 - 09:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    A fitting symbolic tribute, and in line with the tribute paid to Sir Francis Drake, who has an island named after him in Plymouth Sound.

    Symbolism to reflect the contribution of island-savers is never misplaced.

    And “no”, XBox #2.
    Wars are waged in order to save the lives and the lands of the wider public; warriors make it so, and their lives are frequently forfeit in the process. But then, you knew this anyway, you little tease.

    Feb 21st, 2012 - 11:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    This really needs to be made public, in full detail, in Britain. Just one more reason, amongst hundreds of others, why the argies must NEVER get their hands, or any other of their parts, on the Falkland Islands.

    The very greatest respect to Private Craig Jones, 3 Para and, unfortunately belated, condolences to his family.

    Let there be no doubt, the Falklands will ALWAYS belong either to Britain or the Falklanders.

    “At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.”

    Feb 21st, 2012 - 12:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Papamoa

    A very fitting act to celebrate this Soldiers life with the renaming of the Island to “Craig Island”,.

    Feb 21st, 2012 - 12:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    A great pity this ever happened and unfortunately Argentina seem determined to have a replay.

    If this ever happens I just hope that we take the conflict to the mainland and destroy their infrastructure to give them a taste of what they did to the Falklands (there are no Malvinas).

    Feb 21st, 2012 - 01:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • xbarilox

    @ 5 What are you talking about, jerk? Translate it.

    Feb 21st, 2012 - 07:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • saphira

    @9 Could the insults please be left of this story,show some respect

    Feb 21st, 2012 - 07:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Crackpot

    There are nearly 800 small Islands in the Falkland Islands archipelago.
    I think it would be a really fitting tribute if another 257 of them were renamed after each of the remaining servicemen and the 3 Islanders who gave their lives to liberate the Islands.
    I know it would probably be impractical to do them all in one go, but maybe a few could be renamed for the anniversary each year.

    Feb 21st, 2012 - 08:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redcoat

    11 Crackpot - people may start making comparisons between the islands even it was done by a lottery, bit of a minefield that one.

    Feb 21st, 2012 - 09:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Crackpot

    @12 Redcoat.

    Very possibly, but I get the feeling that people wouldn't be too competitive on the issue, as it's purely symbolic.

    I like the concept and there are more than enough small similarly-sized islets to go around. It wouldn't necessarily have to be islands - it could be geographical features or anything like that. It would be nice to have some concrete way to recognise individuals rather than just a memorial with a list of names. With approximately 10 Falklanders Islanders to every serviceman killed, it's a far more intimate relationship than you get in most conflicts.

    Feb 22nd, 2012 - 02:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redcoat

    @13 Crackpot
    It’s difficult to make a nice gesture these days, as some think to give it to one, the others should all have one, so what about those killed in other conflicts e.g. Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.?
    Memorials are where family and friends can all be together and remember their loved ones together; also soldiers generally seem to want to be together and remembered together.

    “ With approximately 10 Falklanders Islanders to every serviceman killed, it's a far more intimate relationship than you get in most conflicts”
    Only 3 Islanders got killed ?

    Feb 22nd, 2012 - 03:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Crackpot

    @14
    What I meant was that approximately one person got killed (not including the Argentinians) for every Islander that got liberated.

    Feb 22nd, 2012 - 09:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    It sounds a bit like Craggy Island, and you know how much we all love the antics that occur on craggy island.

    Feb 22nd, 2012 - 10:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redcoat

    15 Crackpot
    I think you mean, that for every British soldier that got killed (approx)10 Islanders got liberated?

    Feb 23rd, 2012 - 10:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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