A Collection of South Atlantic Medals

Date of Auction: 16th July 2020

Sold for £480

Estimate: £460 - £550

South Atlantic 1982, with rosette (ASA P W Barker D187632K HMS Ambuscade) good very fine £460-£550


H.M.S. Ambuscade, a Type 21-class Frigate launched in 1973, served during the Falklands War as an Electronic Warfare picket ship to the Task Force, and she participated in many bombardments - including those in support of the assaults on Mount Harriet and Wireless Ridge. On 26 May she found herself in the unfortunate position of acting as a ‘screen’ for the Atlantic Conveyor. Although she managed to fire ‘chaff’ before two incoming exocets arrived, one of them ducked below to deliver a fatal blow to the aircraft transport’s port quarter.