Company Sergeant Major Brian Faulkner DCM

11 Aug 1947 -

  • Distinguished Conduct Medal
  • United Nations Medal, Cyprus
  • South Atlantic Medal with Rosette
  • Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (1930 - present)
  • Queen's Golden Jubailee Medal 2002
  • Queen's Volunteer Reserves Medal
  • General Service Medal Clasp (1962 onwards) medal

Brian Faulkner enlisted into the York and Lancaster Regiment in January 1963.

He transferred to the Parachute Regiment in 1965 and was posted to the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA).

Corporal Faulkner went to the Depot, The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces in 1975 for two years before returning to 3 PARA.

In 1982 Colour Sergeant Faulkner went with 3 PARA to the Falkland Islands on Operation Corporate

Staff Sergeant Faulkner was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his actions on Mount Longdon. His citation reads:

'Colour Sergeant Faulkner, as the Regimental Aid Post Colour Sergeant during the attack by 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment on Mount Longdon on the night 11th/12th June, performed throughout with the utmost dedication and bravery in extreme conditions of weather and under constant, accurate artillery and mortar bombardment. He never faltered, setting a magnificent personal example of courage and competence, that was well beyond anything that could reasonably be expected. One burst of shellfire left him concussed, but he swiftly returned to his duties. One minute he could be seen consoling young soldiers, severely distressed by the experience of losing their comrades, and by the sight of terrible wounds, and then yet again he would be busy with his prime duty of tending for the casualties themselves. His personal coolness and bravery did much to calm those around him. Twice under alarm of counter attack, he forcefully rallied the Regimental Aid Post, Stretcher Bearers and those passing through the area, to form a defensive perimeter, and these actions typified his constant alertness to the tactical situation which overlaid his specialist responsibilities. Once he himself led a counter attack up the ridge, to an area where he knew soldiers had been killed.

Colour Sergeant Faulkner's gallantry and example on this night, and in the subsequent two days of bombardment on Mount Longdon, were in the highest tradition of the Army, and were typical of his consistently brave and outstanding performance throughout the operation.'

After returning to the UK he went again to the Depot until 1985.

Warrant Officer II Faulkner then served with the 4th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (4 PARA) until October 1986. Before spending a year at Parachute Regiment Headquarters from where he retired in 1987.

In 1991 he joined the Territorial Army working with recruits until 2007 and then he worked in admin for The Royal Engineers for five years.

During his military service Brian Faulkner served in Northern Ireland, Malta, Libya, Canada, Australia, Cyprus, The Falklands and Germany.

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