Remembering Richard: Home town honours Stalham sailor killed 40 years ago in Falklands War

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A memorial service has been held for a young sailor who was killed in the Falklands war exactly 40 years ago.

Richard Dunkerley from the market town of Stalham in Norfolk was just 23-years-old when he was killed onboard HMS Ardent during an attack by the Argentinian air force on May 21 1982.

On Saturday, his local community came together to give thanks and to remember his ultimate sacrifice.

The military personnel before the march through Stalham. Credit: ITV News Anglia

As the clock struck 10.30am, a contingent of military personnel made their way through Stalham town centre to remember one of their fallen comrades.

The event was organised to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Richard Dunkerley's death.

HMS Ardent just before it sunk. Credit: HMS Ardent Association

Paul Dale, Chairman of the Stalham British Legion, said: "He's got a square named after him, he's got a plaque in the church, and it's the 40-year anniversary of the Falklands conflict. And being an ex sailor, Royal Navy, I thought it was fitting that we did the memorial for him."

Mr Dale was initially hoping about 20 people would turn up, but after a social media campaign about 200 people turned out to show their respects.

The local council closed the high street to allow the parade to the place.

After school Richard joined the Royal Navy, undertaking training at HMS Ganges, the shore-based training establishment near Ipswich Credit: Supplied

The march ended at St Mary's Church where a short service took place.

Gavin Scott, a veteran of the Falklands conflict, was moved by the public turnout.

"I think it makes you realise what the general public think of the veterans who have served and have ultimately paid the ultimate sacrifice. They are very appreciative and they've showed that in their numbers today," he told ITV News Anglia.

Richard had served on board HMS Ardent as a Cook Petty Officer First Class, and in April 1982 the ship was sent to the Falkland Islands.

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