A Collection of South Atlantic Medals

Date of Auction: 16th July 2020


Estimate: £500 - £700

South Atlantic 1982, with rosette, this loose (MEM(M)2 C. Heeley D185187W HMS Arrow) in named card box of issue, extremely fine £500-£700


Provenance: Dix Noonan Webb, June 2009.

H.M.S. Arrow, a Type 21-class Frigate launched in 1974, served during the Falklands War under the command of Commander P. J. Bootherstone. On 1 May 1982 she was part of the force that bombarded Stanley Airport. As she withdrew with H.M. Ships Alacrity and Glamorgan they were attacked by three ‘Daggers’, with the Arrow receiving minor damage from cannon fire. She was next in action on 4 May when she helped rescue men from the stricken H.M.S. Sheffield. The Arrow was then ordered into San Carlos Water on 25 May for an indefinite period due to cracks in her superstructure - surviving two weeks in ‘Bomb Alley’. On 8 June she helped extinguish the fire on H.M.S. Plymouth. She departed the Falklands for the U.K. on 18 June, arriving at Devonport on 7 July.