Dave Kempster and his brother, Tony, passed out of the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces Depot in Platoon 460, together with another pair of brothers Dilip and Denis Dey who went to 2 PARA.
Dave and Tony went to 3 PARA and fought in the Falklands Campaign. Dave served in B Company's 4 Platoon under the command of Lt Andy Bickerdike.
During the Battle for Mount Longdon, 4 Platoon's route up the side of the mountain brought them into arcs of fire from Argentine emplacements and bunkers whose armaments included .50 calibre and General Purpose Machine Guns. Several members of the platoon were hit including Dave, who was seriously wounded.
Ian McKay, Dave's Platoon Sergeant, was posthumously awarded a Victoria Cross for his role in leadng a charge over open ground, in which he was the last man left standing, to disable the principal machine gun position which had pinned the platoon down.
Green-Eyed Boys by Christian Jennings and Adrian Weale Published by Harper Collins 1996
3 PARA Mount Longdon by Jon Cooksey Published by Pen and Sword Reprinted 2009.
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