It would need the Queen’s Proclamation to call up the Reserves

I remember when it was 1982 and the Falklands War was in full swing…

I was a leading seaman by then and I thought this was my chance to put my Mine Warfare skills to use. I immediately requested to go, and was told it would need the Queen’s Proclamation to call up the Reserves, it was very disappointing, after all this was what I joined up for. The chance came to join MCM10 and a flotilla of 11 minesweepers, I thought this was it, we are on our way, but it was not to be….

After the initial exercises we called into Lisbon for a visit and en-route, walking to one of the other ships in Square Rig we heard the words (Malvinas) by some of the locals and we knew what they were talking about. The only action we saw was in the Texas Bar in Lisbon, no medals for that one, but it was a good run ashore what I remember of it……

John (Jock) Steele

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2 Responses to It would need the Queen’s Proclamation to call up the Reserves

  1. Dave Fairclough says:

    I was there then too Jock, not a bad run ashore. Dave Fairclough (L/S)

  2. Ian (Doddy) Dodds Leading Seaman says:

    Hi, Stainless
    I thought I trained you better than that in your New Entry training. I remember telling you all ‘Volunteer for nothing’ and also ‘A volunteer is someone who didn’t understand the question’
    Still, you had a good run ashore………!

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