Tony Kempster and his brother, Dave , 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.
Tony and Dave went to 3 PARA and fought in the Falklands Campaign. Tony served in Corporal Stewart 'Scouse' McLaughlin's section in B Company's 5 Platoon under the command of Lt Mark Cox.
During the Battle for Mount Longdon, 5 Platoon's route up the side of the mountain brought them into contact with his brother's platoon. Several members of both platoons were wounded, including Tony's brother, by fire from Argentine machine gun positions.Sgt Ian McKay, Dave's Platoon Sergeant, disabled one of the heavy machine gun positions which had pinned the platoons down.
This allowed the remnants of 4 Platoon under the command of Des Fuller, working with 'Scouse' McLaughlin's section, to continue to make progress, under heavy fire, against the other enemy positions on the ridge.
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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