The Falklands War 1982 and the Gulf War 1991


No Queen’s or Royal Hampshire battalions were directly committed to either the Falklands (Operation CORPORATE) or the first Gulf War (Operation GRANBY), though during the Iraq War, 3rd Battalion The Queen’s Regiment maintained the logistic and communications link in Cyprus and The 1st Battalion prepared to send reinforcements to Kuwait from Germany. A number of individuals did participate in the two conflicts.

Lt Andrew Bickerdike of 1st Battalion The Queen's Regiment, was serving on attachment to 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment. He was Sgt Ian McKay's Platoon Commander and wrote the citation that resulted in the award of the Victoria Cross to Sgt McKay. Lieutenant K S W Hames also of 1st Battalion The Queen's Regiment was serving on the traditional regimental exchange appointment with the Royal Marines and as a result was with 40 Commando during the Task Force’s victory over Argentinean forces in the Falkland Islands in 1982.

Major W R Harber and Captain D G Strutt, both from The Queen’s Regiment, served as staff officers during the Iraq War. Major Harber received an MBE on the Operation GRANBY awards list in 1991. Six Royal Hampshire personnel served with 1st Battalion The Staffordshire Regiment. Individuals were also serving with 22nd Special Air Service Regiment during The Gulf War, when Iraqi forces were driven out of Kuwait. One of the six Royal Hampshires included the future Colonel of the Regiment, then Major R W Dennis. Concurrently, Lieutenant G A Fotheringham of The Queen’s Regiment who was the exchange officer with 40 Commando at the time deployed to support the Kurdish refugees in Northern Iraq.