Sergeant Barrett was a Platoon Sergeant in A Company 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment during the Falkland Islands campaign.
On the final approach march prior to the battle for Port Darwin and Goose Green on 28th/29th May 1982 Sergeant Barrett's Platoon Commander was injured and he took command of the Platoon.
Throughout the five hours battle for Port Darwin in which A Company destroyed twenty-two enemy bunkers Sergeant Barrett's Platoon was given the task of providing covering fire. Sergeant Barrett organised and controlled his fire teams in a masterful way, often exposing himself to machine gun and sniper fire as he personally led forward his fire teams.
His outstanding leadership and personal bravery coupled with his cool appreciation of what was needed proved a fine example to his Platoon and was a significant factor in his Company's ultimate success.
Again on the night of 13th/14th June 1982 in the attack on Wireless Ridge A Company came under artillery fire during the final assault. Sergeant Barrett's example and leadership were a significant factor in maintaining the momentum of the attack.
Throughout the campaign Sergeant Barrett has shown outstanding conduct, professionalism and coolness under fire that have been an inspiration to his Platoon and a steadying influence on the younger soldiers.