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Falklands' landmarks to be named after 238 fallen in 1982

Friday, June 17th 2022 - 10:28 UTC
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The map of locations to be named after servicemen and civilians who gave their lives in 1982 The map of locations to be named after servicemen and civilians who gave their lives in 1982

Additional locations around the Falklands are to be named after the 258 servicemen and civilians who gave their lives for the liberation of the Falklands in 1982 as part of the 40th Anniversary commemorations.

The 40th Anniversary Place Names Remembrance Project, lead by Rosie King, Sally Poncet and Ken Passfield, set out to “create an enduring legacy for their sacrifice and assure next of kin and families that these men and women will never be forgotten.”

In undertaking the project the group found that 20 places in the islands were already named after fallen from 1982, “mostly Mount Pleasant Airport road and street names, but also two Stanley streets and an island in Salvador Waters were already named after individuals.”

As such the group set out to find 238 further locations to be named. Criteria were set for the locations, namely that they: needed to be distributed across the entire Falklands to symbolize that the entire country was liberated; the location must be visible on Google Earth so families and next of kin can find them; to not have an existing place name; and to be in need of a name.

These last two points required not insignificant research to make sure no historic place names were overwritten and to ascertain a need for naming. “This can be subjective,” a project press release said, adding that, “from a seafaring perspective it is obvious which points, bays, rocks and islands are in need of naming.

“For inland areas, only conspicuous features such as hills, streams, ponds, prominent rocks or ridges were selected.”

Other locations required consultations with landowners, farm managers, and Department of Overseas Surveys maps.

Not all locations will be accessible to the public, though this was considered as an early goal but would have made finding enough locations challenging. As for which name goes on which location, “some landowners have requested that their feature be named after a particular individual or someone from a particular unit,” the press release explained, and the rest will be allocated at random.(Penguin News)

Categories: Politics, Falkland Islands.
Tags: Falklands War.

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  • MarkWhelan

    “Lest we forget”

    Jun 17th, 2022 - 12:18 pm +3
  • Falklands-Free

    Trimonde, and who actually started it.
    Have a good look at the historical events of 2nd April 1982 and you will clearly see who started that war. Who caused all those unnecessary deaths on both sides.
    Yes it was Argentina who invaded us who started that war. I know I was there at the time.
    I am not a believer in name changing fir changing sake and I understand that these names are going to be given to sights that do not as yet have any names.
    What I would be happy with though is the removal of all spanish names hat allow your lot to keep stirring the pot.
    Then remove that Argentine Cemetary and repatriate all those who lay there back to the country they came from. That would close a huge chapter in our lives.

    Jun 19th, 2022 - 12:56 am +3
  • Swede

    @Trimonde: “it was the most dishonorably abusive and unnecessary war in British history”

    I am not an expert when it comes to British war history (and I do not think you are either), but this one was for sure not in any way “dishonorably abusive and unnecessary”. It was purely defensive. Just to accept the invasion and give up had been dishonorably. But it is even better to have a strong defence in the islands (the BFSAI) to deter any new aggression from Argentina. That means no war and no casualties. And the islanders can have the government they wish without interference from B.A.

    Jun 19th, 2022 - 09:09 am +3
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