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Paul A Henry GM Memorial Bench, East Princes Street Gardens

 
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 9:25 pm    Post subject: Paul A Henry GM Memorial Bench, East Princes Street Gardens Reply with quote

2nd Engineer Paul A. Henry GM, RFA Sir Galahad Memorial bench
Location: Beside the Scott Monument, East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh



There was someone eating their lunch at the end of this bench so I didn't want to photograph them hence no photo of the bench.

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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul Anderson Henry was posthumously awarded his George Medal.

He was one of 48 who died on 8th June 1982 when the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Landing Ship Sir Galahad was attacked by Argentine Air Force jets whilst landing troops at Bluff Cove.

Here is the GM citation from the London Gazette

http://www.rna-10-area.net/files/gazette_0810_5.pdf

Second Engineer Officer Paul Anderson HENRY, Royal Fleet Auxiliary

On 8th June 1982, after RFA SIR GALAHAD had been bombed by Argentine aircraft during troop disembarkation in Fitzroy Creek, the Engine Room compartments quickly filled with thick black smoke. Second Engineer Officer Henry and Third Engineer Officer Hailwood were present in the Main Control Room.

A Junior Engineer Officer was at the after end of the Engine Room and had to fight his way back through thick smoke to the Main Control Room area.

Second Engineer Officer Henry then told the Junior Engineer Officer to take the breathing apparatus and set and get out of the Engine Room when they would follow. By this unselfish and courageous act, he saved the Junior Officer's life, at the same time sacrificing his own.

The Junior Officer managed to reach safety,but both Second Engineer Officer Henry and Third Engineer Officer Hailwood perished.

Second Engineer Officer Henry's act will stand proudly in the annals of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service.
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Second Engineer Officer Henry's name is recorded in the Scottish National War Memorial.

HENRY, Paul Anderson
Date of death: 08/06/1982
Decoration: G.M. (Posthumous)
Place of birth: Berwick-upon-Tweed
Other: R.F.A. SIR GALAHAD.
SNWM roll: THE ROYAL NAVY AND ROYAL MARINES
Rank: 2nd Eng Off RFA
Theatre of death: Falkland Islands

He is also listed on the Armed Forces Memorial in Staffordshire, but not on the Roll of Honour.

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