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Falkland Islander could have been last one to see ‘True soldier’ from Worthing

Picture of L/Cpl Lovett and his wife from a 1982 edition of the Herald

Picture of L/Cpl Lovett and his wife from a 1982 edition of the Herald

MORE than 250 British service personnel died during the struggle for control over the Falkland Islands in 1982 – one of which was a “true soldier” from Worthing.

Lance Corporal Christopher Lovett died during the battle of Mount Longdon on June 12, 1982, at the age of just 24.

Rita Winton, of East Worthing, met what could have been one of the last people to see L/Cpl Lovett alive when she was on a stamp-collecting trip in the Falkland Islands, in 1998.

She said: “It was one of those coincidental things. I went into the post office and Terry Peck, a policeman in the war, told me I could go to the counter first.

“He said ‘I gather you’re here with Major Spafford’, who I was on the trip with. I said yes and he asked me what part of the UK we came from.

“When I said Worthing he walked away and I thought, ‘what have I done? What have I said?’.

“I saw him later and he told me of all the places, it had to be Worthing.”

For the rest of the story, see this week’s Herald (June 21), available in shops now.

 

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