Anthony Hudson MBE MA
It was with great sadness that the Chairman and Trustees of the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel Trust announced the death on 8th March 2015 of founder Trustee, Anthony Hudson, after a long battle with cancer. Anthony was the driving force behind the concept and creation of the Memorial Chapel at Pangbourne and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. His work to gather together several of the key Commanders of the Falklands War to raise the money to build the Memorial Chapel spanned almost a decade before a brick was laid and the building was opened in 2000 by Her Majesty the Queen. His commitment and tenacity together with the efforts of those already wearied by war, ensured that there is a wonderful and lasting Memorial for the 258 who died in 1982 which is there for the benefit of their families and colleagues in the Armed Services and for future generations to appreciate the true meaning of sacrifice. His vision was to create a ‘living memorial’ to signify the importance of remembering the sacrifices made by so many to the common cause. Mission accomplished. We will remember him…
Garden of Remembrance
Families wishing to contribute to the SAMA (82) (South Atlantic Medal Association 1982) “Garden of Remembrance” are encouraged to contact SAMA (82) directly; many families have already contributed information about their loved ones but others may not know of its existence. The Garden of Remembrance is accessible from the link in this paragraph, on line from the SAMA (82) website and on the computer in the Chapel Memorial Room.
Click here to visit the SAMA (82) website.
The Chapel Library
The Chapel Library contains virtually every book written about the Falklands War. These books are for reading at the Chapel and are not to be borrowed and taken away. The Library includes The RAF Cottesmore Diary of Memorabilia. The Chapel has been presented with a marvellous diary of combat mission reports and photographs carried out by the No 1 (Fighter) Squadron from RAF Cottesmore in 1982. It is rather precious but available for viewing in the Chapel on request to the Chaplain.
The Library also contains a comprehensive collection of press cuttings relating to the 1982 Falklands War kindly donated by the Army Historical Branch (MoD).
FIMC Trust Secretary, Angela Perry, is always happy to answer queries – you can contact her on 01295 738123 or write to her at the address above.