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Return to the Falkland Islands

Particularly special for Gordon’s Contingent Commander of the school’s CCF, Major John Balmer, to meet Gordonian Paul Gardiner during his visit to the Falkland Islands this week. Paul, who is stationed with the RAF on the Islands, is the brother of Gordonian Darryl Gardiner, who was killed by a mine strike in Afghanistan in 2008 and in whose memory an award is made every year to the best senior cadet in the school.

As well as laying a wreath in remembrance of his fallen colleagues from the Falkland Island’s War, Major Balmer, who was one of the 26,000 Armed Forces personnel deployed there 40 years ago as a section commander in the Third Battalion of the Parachute Regiment, has been visiting memorials and both British and Argentinian war graves.