An interesting Falklands War 1982, Northern Ireland triple tour, Nato Former Yugoslavia, Special Air Service and first type Accumulated Campaign Service Medal group awarded to Lance Sergeant M. Evans, 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards, and from 1996-1998, 22nd Special Air Service Regiment. After service during Operation Corporate in the Falklands War in 1982, he qualified as a sniper in November 1985, and then saw service on his first tour of Northern Ireland between March 1986 and February 1988, and on a second tour between September 1988 and Januar
An interesting Falklands War 1982, Northern Ireland triple tour, Nato Former Yugoslavia, Special Air Service and first type Accumulated Campaign Service Medal group awarded to Lance Sergeant M. Evans, 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards, and from 1996-1998, 22nd Special Air Service Regiment. After service during Operation Corporate in the Falklands War in 1982, he qualified as a sniper in November 1985, and then saw service on his first tour of Northern Ireland between March 1986 and February 1988, and on a second tour between September 1988 and January 1989. His third tour of the province occurred from March 1992 to August 1994, during which period he was awarded the Accumulated Campaign Service Medal, having amassed 36 months of accumulated campaign service, all of it in Northern Ireland. Evans then went on to take part in there classified overseas posting with the 22nd Special Air Service Regiment, the first from 31st August to 19th September 1996, the second from 5th March to 18th March 1997, and the third from 2nd September 1997 to 15th February 1999. Having reverted back to the 1st Welsh Guards, he saw further overseas service during a tour of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 20th March to 27th September 2002.
Group of 5: South Atlantic Medal 1982 with Rosette; (24589907 GDSM M. EVANS W.G.); Campaign Service Medal 1962, 1 Clasp: Northern Ireland; (24589907 GDSM M EVANS WG); Nato Medal for Former Yugoslavia; Jubilee Medal 2002; Accumulated Campaign Service Medal, 1st type (1994-2011); (24589907 LCPL M EVANS WG), mounted court style as worn.
Condition: Good Very Fine.
With copied service record.
Martin Evans was born on 9th May 1964 and enlisted into the British Army on 22nd December 1980, joining as a Guardsman (No.24589907) with the Welsh Guards, and after basic training. From January 1981 to January 1982 he was with the Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion at Shorncliffe, and then joined the Guards Depot before being posted to the 1st Battalion from 28th April 1982, which was then employed as a Mechanised Battalion.
Evans was very shortly afterwards posted as part of Operation Corporate to the Falklands Islands, where he saw service from 12th May 1982 to 17th June 1982, being then posted home.
In 1982, the Welsh Guards (CO Lieutenant-Colonel John Rickett) formed part of the 5th Infantry Brigade of the British Task Force sent to liberate the Falkland Islands from Argentinian occupation during the Falklands War. On 7 June they were on board the ill-fated Sir Galahad, which was accompanied by Sir Tristram, waiting to be landed at Bluff Cove though they were delayed from doing so. However, attack was imminent after the landing craft were spotted by Argentinian observers. At 2:00 am, five Dagger and five A-4 Skyhawk aircraft were seen over the Falklands. Shortly afterwards, the Daggers were the first to attack. Only a short time later, the Skyhawks reached Fitzroy, with three of the aircraft hitting the Sir Galahad two or more times with horrific consequences. Sir Tristram was also hit which killed two crewmen, both ships were ablaze. The attack on Sir Galahad culminated in high casualties, 48 dead, 32 of them Welsh Guards, 11 other Army personnel and five crewmen from Sir Galahad herself. There were many wounded, many suffering from horrendous burns caused by fire from the burning ships, the best known being Simon Weston. The burnt-out Sir Galahad was later scuttled at sea to allow her to become a war grave. It is not known if Evans was aboard the Sir Galahad or had already disembarked by the time of the attack, and he is certainly not listed amongst the casualties. Evans whose awarded of the South Atlantic Medal with Rosette was made to him on 14th June 1982, was also a part of the Welsh Guards Rear Party during July 1982.
Interspersed with periods on home service, Evans was posted to Cyprus from August to September 1983, and then to Germany from February to July 1984, followed by Canada from July to August 1984, and Germany again from August 1984 to March 1986, and during this period underwent a course as a sniper between October and November 1985. Having passed his Northern Ireland reinforcement training in March 1986, he was then posted on his first tour of Northern Ireland from 4th March 1986 to 16th February 1988, when he was posted home. During this period, between August and September 1987 he had qualified in basic inland canoeing. His award of the Campaign Service Medal with clasp Northern Ireland was awarded to him back on 3rd June 1986. Evans was posted on a second tour of Northern Ireland between 12th September 1988 and 28th January 1989, and after a period of home service, was then posted to Belize for jungle training from April to October 1989.
Having returned home, Evans was then posted to Kenya between January to February 1991, and after a further period of home service, during which period he was promoted to Lance Corporal on 5th December 1991, was then posted for a third tour of Northern Ireland from 16th March 1992 to 17th August 1994. During this third tour, he soon qualified for the Accumulated Campaign Service Medal, his qualification coming through on 27th October 1992, despite the fact the medal was not instituted till 1994, he having completed 36 months of accumulated campaign service, all of it in Northern Ireland.
Evans was promoted from Lance Corporal strait to Lance Sergeant on 2nd September 1996, on which date he joined the 22nd Special Air Service Regiment for a two year posting with the regiment, and is already shown as being present during a classified posting overseas from 31st August to 19th September 1996, and after a period of home service, was then present on another classified overseas posting from 5th March to 18th March 1997, and another from 2nd September 1997 to 15th February 1999, during which period he had transferred back from SAS to the 1st Welsh Guards Mechanised Battalion on 7th September 1998.
Posted to the United States between February and March 1999, and then to Canada from August to October 2001, he saw service with the Welsh Guards during a tour of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 20th March to 27th September 2002, before being posted home and discharged, his discharge having officially come up on 3rd September 2002. Evans, who had been awarded the Jubilee Medal 2002 on 7th February 2002, was also awarded the Nato Medal for Former Yugoslavia on 25th August 2002. Confirmed as his full entitlement.