CAMPAIGN SERVICE MEDAL 1962, 1 CLASP: NORTHERN IRELAND; ‘24438584 GDSM T OMCCLURE SG’; SOUTH ATLANTIC MEDAL 1982 WITH ROSETTE; ‘24438584 GDSM T OMCCLURE SG’,
During the action, Tom McClure was one of the Drums Platoon responsible for the defence of HQ and acting as stretcher bearers during the battle. I quote him as follows regarding the battle:
‘I was a drummer and we formed part of F Company and as I recall were attached to protect HQ. My memory has faded after all these years and like many I only have my flashbacks. I remember we were told on the night of tumbledown to get our kit on as left flank had taken a beating and we were going to replace the casualties. (Scary moment) however as we got ready we were told to stand down as they had surrendered and the battle was won. We did a couple of stretcher runs before that and I can still hear the screams of the lads! I never fired my GPMG in anger that night but had quite a few John Wayne moments in the previous days letting loose at Argentine aircraft!.’
Condition GVF, mounted court style as worn. Sold with photocopies of; Certificate of Service, Scots Guards Tumbledown mountain certificate, named to Drummer T McClure, 2012 Tumbledown Veterans Association certificate. Scarce medals to a Drummer, only 15 listed on the Drums Platoon ORBAT. All medals named ‘GDSM’.
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