22 SAS Mather, Joseph Gordon

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  • SURNAME
Mather
  • FORENAME
Joseph Gordon
  • UNIT
G Squadron
  • RANK
Sergeant
  • NUMBER
23963008
  • AWARD
Military Medal
  • PLACE
Falklands 1982
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
parent unit Royal Corps of Signals
from London
age 32
London Gazette 49134, 8th October 1982, Page 12851
 

CITATION:

Military Medal : Sergeant Mather commanded a 4 man patrol tasked to provide vital information on enemy dispositions and installations on East Falkland as a prelude to the repossession of the islands.

Inserted by helicopter from the Naval Task Force at a distance of 120 miles from the islands, he maintained observations of the enemy movement and dispositions in the Bluff Cove, West Stanley areas for a period of 28 days. In a totally hostile environment, with the only protection from ground and air search provided by the skill and stealth of his patrol, the reporting by Sergeant Mather was both accurate and timely.

In order to obtain the detail of the enemy disposition he was required to move his observation position to close and often obvious positions to gain the intelligence required. This he did with great courage and skill knowing that it compromised his patrol could not have been extracted from any predicament caused by enemy action. In addition he communicated his information in an environment where the enemy were known to possess a Direction Finding capability.

The leadership and example shown by Sergeant Mather were in the highest traditions of his Regiment and the Army

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https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/49134/supplement/12851
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