Falkland’s veterans will be gathering at the National War Memorial Arboretum from 10am on Sunday May 20. The veterans, consisting of members of the South Atlantic Medal Association (SAMA 82) will unveil a new Falklands memorial to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the conflict.
The event will feature a flypast of a Vulcan jet and speeches from, amongst others, Major General Julian Thompson CB, OBE, commander of 3 Commando Brigade during the war.
192.com is helping veterans find old friends by giving SAMA 82 members free access to it’s databases. 192.com is the UK’s leading people-finding website with access to 700 million public records and over 27 million records from the edited electoral roll.
“192.com reunites thousands of friends and families by making public records more accessible, explains Dominic Blackburn, 192.com’s Product Director. “We are keen to reunite veterans from all conflicts, and are proud to offer free assistance to SAMA 82 members,” he added.
Mike Bowles, chairman of SAMA 82 said: “For the 30th anniversary of the conflict we’re encouraging veterans to get back in touch with each other. It is hoped 192.com can be a useful resource for those looking for missing friends in the UK.”
One user of the site is the World War 2 Veteran Robin Brown, who uses the site to reunite hundreds of friends and ex-servicemen from all around the world.
“192.com is the centre of my operations. It’s an excellent resource. In the old days one used to have to trawl through libraries, and now one can access the edited electoral roll at the touch of a button,” Mr Brown said.
Military reunions aided by 192.com include an RAF Brize Norton reunion, and a meeting of old service colleges who lost touch for 56 years.
The Falklands conflict lasted between April 2 to June 14, 1982 with the loss of three civilian, 255 British and 655 Argentinean lives. To mark the 30th anniversary of the war, SAMA 82 members will be making a pilgrimage to the Islands in November. The week-long visit is hoped to coincide with Remembrance Sunday, and is primarily for veterans who have not returned to the Falkland Islands since 1982 and next-of-kin of those killed in action.
Those looking for families or friends or ex-service colleagues are encouraged to contact 192.com through the site’s Facebook page.