Myself and a shipmate are putting together a book of Dits and funnies from the Falklands 82, if you have any thing,that you think would be worth being included please contact me. All profits will be donated to the new Falklands charity. We are looking for Dits, Funnies, Stories, Poems & any thing you can remember thats not been told before. Thanks for your time gents Bob
Great to have a beer or 12 with the Cov lads at Sultan Polo Fields on 15/06/02 (Reunion). Didn't realise Dinger the Woo was on Cov as I have worked in the same building for the last 5 years !!!! Excellent site. Tanz. Broadsword Assoc.
A fitting tribute to a brave ships company. I spent my first draft on coventry 78 - 80 and my claim to fame is that I cut the commissioning cake with the then skippers Capt Chris Burns wife. A fine ship.
I was a young Seaman Radar in Coventry's first commission. I left her in December 1981 and actually served in the Falklands in HMS Cardiff. I remember many of those who lost their lives. I still have the Deployment Book from the Far East in 1980 and still have my original Locker Keys from 3Q mess that I keep with my medals. I hope you had a great reunion. She was a great ship.
I just read about may 25th I'm sorry to here about what happened, just when you think you know about every bad thing that's going on....my personal condolescences.
Hello, some friends and myself are looking for Robert Burns who was in cairns in 2000 we'd love to catch up. Sorry to use this site to contact. Thanks-Rochelle Bonney CAIRNS 2002
I would like to use your excellent web site to thank the person who left such a moving tribute to my son Adrian(Ade) Sunderland who was lost on H.M.S Coventry.Unfortuneately I could't read a name and was only in Portsmouth for the day.The web site is great.Thanks
A long awaited site. For a long time there have been many questions unanswered about the tragic loss, I was fortunate to have been working for DRSO when channel 4 made the going critical documentary, some of which was filmed on " birmingham", sister ship to ,"coventry", the hairs on the back of my neck stood up when Bill Canning said that " he forgot coventry for a moment", and I remember thinking that there would be a lot of eyebrows raised in the MOD when this is screened
Members of 824 'F' Flight RFA Fort Austin, also remember your sad day. We wish you well. This is an excellent website. Well done.
You should be very proud of your lad Patrick Joseph, he's obviously got your gift when it comes to organising stuff. I can see that I am one of many that have missed the Chatham event, however I was contacted by a number of ex-S&S (aka Douds, Wanty and Potts)a couple of weeks before and we think we will get together later this year, and possibly "up North". Can somebody please let me know what is happening at Sultan in June, although I guess it is the annual memorial service. Details please anyone! Once again, well done Damien and remember, as your Dad always used to say, "It's a big firm Partner". God Bless all who are reading this, especially Ex COV's.
Great website It has all come back to me again particularly strongly this year. At quiet moments I recall the events of those few days and especially the 25th. I don't know how long I spent on the focsle that day bringing the Coventry boys on board. Their resolute composure and attitude that night is still with me in my thoughts, as are those I never knew that we left behind that night. It is now half a lifetime away yet nothing I have done or am likely to do will have as profound an effect on me as those few short days.
I thought about it all over again yesterday (25.05) as I do every year. I hope there are plenty of hang overs today after your reunion. Hope to see some of you Covs for a beer at Sultan in June. Great site. Well done Danien. Best wishes to you all. Tanz. ex LS(S). Treasurer Broadsword Assoc.
20 years ago tonight I lost a major part of my life, HMS Coventry; and along with it 19 shipmates, whom I will never forget; God bless you all. I always make a point of having a few moments to myself on the 25th May, and a beer or two – Unfortunately I was unable to make Coventry's re-union this year, but hopeful I will be there on the next one. Hope to see all you ex-Cov's at HMS Sultan in June. Good Luck Shipmates Paul
My brother was MEM STEPHEN TONKIN I would like to thank Damien for the hard work he has put into making this website possible, and for keeping the memory of HMS COVENTRY and its 19 crewmembers that were sadly lost that day in our thoughts.
20 Yrs today still thinking about it Great site keep it up will add a link from wigan RNA web site
Well done on the web site, found out about reunion too late but wish everyone well.
Damien Burke has done a most excellent job here, a job that we must all congratulate him on. I look forward to seeing all at the 20 yr reunion. Craig
was sat in the relative comfort of san carlos when news came through of coventry loss. having just watched antelope go down it was hard to take in. all the best for a great site,I shall visit often, regards, mark c (ex HMS Arrow F173)
An excellent web site, nice to see our friends on the web. I always try and make a point of having a beer on 25th May. Have a good one saturday Spider (ex Broadsword)
Just had 10 minutes on your site, needs lots more, but from what I have seen....done yourselves proud. Good luck with the Reunion on the 25th, our is the following weekend in Guzz...HMS Ardent