THE STEWART MCLAUGHLIN


CAMPAIGN MARCH TO DOWNING STREET


JULY 3RD 2015 


Friday the 3rd of July saw 12 representatives from Nottingham Branch heading to this year’s campaign march for Cpl Stewart McLaughlin's posthumous award for bravery during the battle for Mt Longdon in 1982. Some made their own way to London and seven others travelled by minibus. Unfortunately, up to six other members who were attending could not attend through illness, or unavoidable appointments. This year's event was increased in numbers, and it was hoped for an attendance of around 1000 supporters, including veterans from all four Parachute Battalions and all arms of the Airborne Forces Brigade. We were joined by members of the Special Air Service Regiment and members of the Royal Marines. This year all other members of the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force were also invited, along with members of the public, which boosted the turnout. Also for the first time, we were joined by the Brentwood Imperial Youth Band, who was magnificent, considering their age range. They can be proud of themselves, and are an asset to any military band in the future.

 

About the campaign:

 

Stewart's citation award had been written up, after the battle and was lost in the process, due to a range of incidents that included not having the correct forms, or typed, and after acquiring a captured Argentinian type writer and being re typed, Stewart’s details were mislaid. It was later confirmed by the soldier that re wrote the citations that Stewart’s citation had never been received. The stringent MOD rules and regulations meant that his citation, which was not received in time, was not awarded. Stewart's family and comrades have been trying to overturn this ruling, and until the correct decision is made, then the fight goes on. The following video includes interviews with members of Stewart's section and chain of command, which explains the events in detail.

 

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Above: 3 PARA, 5 Platoon B Company's, Sgt John Ross, addresses the parade outside Whitehall.

Above: Radio Interview with John Ross and Stewart McLaughlin on Breakfast Live 5 

on the morning of 3rd July 2015 at 6:54 AM, and videos of the petition march on Friday 3rd July 2015

Bellow: Interviews during the Stewart McLaughlin march on Friday 3rd July by the Liverpool Echo

Bellow: Photo's taken at the 3rd of July campaign march, including Lt Gen. Sir Hew Pike, who commanded the battalion during the battle for the Falklands in 1982 as their Lt Colonel.

Bellow: THE NEW CITATION WRITTEN BY Lt Gen. Sir Hew Pike

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Bellow: Printable PDF File of the new Citation

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Bellow: Please click on image to sign the new petition

THE STEWART MCLAUGHLIN 


CAMPAIGN MARCH TO DOWNING STREET


JULY 4TH 2014

Above: The day finally arrives when three or four hundred paratroopers march with the McLaughlin family to hand in the petition that is hoped will finally get the posthumous bravery award for Cpl Stewart McLaughlin that he duly deserves.




Below: Members parade in front of Whitehall, while the petition is handed in.

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