Lieutenant-Colonel H. Jones VC OBE

14 May 1940 - 28 May 1982

Lieutenant Colonel Herbert (‘H’) Jones VC, OBE, Commanding Officer 2 PARA, was severely wounded in a solo charge against an Argentine position on Darwin Hill and subsequently died of his wounds when Darwin Hill was secured but before he could be evacuated.

Lt Richard Nunn, the helicopter pilot who was tasked to evacuate the CO was also killed and his co-pilot severely injured when his Scout helicopter was attacked by an Argentine Pucara aircraft as he took off from A Echelon at Camilla Creek House.

Lt Col Jones is buried at San Carlos Cemetery, Falkland Islands.

He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

See account of Goose Green co-edited by Colonel David Benest

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Steven James Hughes said:
H and I had a curious start. On Excercise Blue Lanyard, on Stanford Training Area he had a cracking cold. I prescribed him a "nose clearer" which can make you drowsy. Instead of taking 2 teaspoons 4 times a day, he took 4 tablespoons 4 times a day. It took him out for 2 days!
Later he pretended to have me struck off, until his wife Sarah said, "But did you get better H?"
From then all I had to do was justify my thinking, and I had his support. It was a brave man who challenged H if they did not know what they were talking about, (or even if they did.)
When he joined the Norland at Ascension Island I think I was the first man he briefed: with fag packets and ash trays in the the rear bar, through which he entered, he told me his plan, and we went from there.
What a first boss, what nice man, when you got behind the firebrand. What a man to have had the honour to work for, and say "I knew, and I worked for Lt. Col. H Jones VC OBE"
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