Sidcup sea cadet relives Falklands near-death experience

PUBLISHED: 12:37 02 June 2012

A Sidcup sea cadet commanding officer described how he was one minute from death when his ship was attacked in the Falklands War.

It is 30 years ago on June 12 when the HMS Glamorgan was attacked by the Argentinians and Nigel Clarke is certain if he had not made the decision to go down to his quarters he would have been killed along with 13 of his ship mates.

It was hit by an Exocet missile on the last day of the war as it was preparing to head home.

Mr Clarke said: “On the day we were hit I got off action stations at 6am. I decided to go and get breakfast before we were called back out. The chef said it wouldn’t be ready for another 20 minutes so I went down to my quarters.

“The ship was attacked a minute later. If I’d still been on deck I’m sure I’d have been killed.”

For Nigel’s full story, see the next edition of the Bexley Times, out on Thursday (June 7).

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