‘Hero’ surgeon of Falklands War dies

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Media caption Falklands veteran Simon Weston and Cosmetic surgeon Commander Anthony Lambert remember Capt Rick Jolly

A Regal Navy medical officer who ended up saving the lives of hundreds of Uk and Argentine troops during the Falklands War has died, aged 71.

Working amid awful conditions in the field, Surgeon Capt Ron Jolly, from Torpoint, Cornwall, kept the life of every British serviceman this individual treated.

He was your only person to have been embellished by both Britain and Argentina for his service during the issue.

Falklands veteran Claire Weston called him an “incredible man”.

He mentioned: “Without his organisational skills the particular surgeons and medics would never possess functioned. I can only thank your pet for saving my life, and many others.

“It’s a tragedy for everybody who knew him and a disaster especially for his family. ”

Image copyright Ron Jolly
Image caption Capt Jolly (left) founded a field hospital at Ajax These types of where around 1, 000 staff were treated

After the war, Capt Jolly wrote books and gave classes to share his experiences from the turmoil.

Known as “Doc”, this individual was the senior medical officer associated with Plymouth-based 3 Commando Brigade plus ran the field hospital at Ajax Bay where about 1, 500 troops were treated.

Despite the poor conditions, just three of the 580 British troops and Royal Marines wounded for were to die of their wounds, plus none while under his treatment.

Image caption Rick Jolly OBE is the only man to get been decorated by Britain plus Argentina for service during the Falklands conflict

The hospital was known as the “red plus green life machine” and this grew to become the title of one of their books.

He has been appointed an OBE by the California king, and awarded the Orden sobre Mayo (Order of May) simply by Argentina for his service throughout the war.

Surgeon Cmdr Anthony Lambert met him many times, the first time shortly after he returned through the Falklands in 1982.

He said: “As medics, we all aren’t heroes, we just perform our job. But he do his job incredibly well plus was an inspiration to my generation”.

Tributes on social media marketing include the commanding officer of the Regal Marines 40 Commando who known as him a “true hero”.

Gulf battle veteran John Nichol has also submitted on Twitter, calling him “a true hero of 1982 Falklands war”.