M. R. STEPHENS
Mark was the oldest son of four and as a youngster attended Robin Hood Junior and Manor comprehensive schools. An avid football fan, he played soccer for Southwell boys.
The irony of it is, that he played in defence on the pitch and much later in defence of the Falklands was to lay down his life for it. He always wanted to join the Royal Navy from the tender age of 10 after visiting HMS Torquay whilst on holiday there.
SAIL LITTLE SAILOR
YOUR SHIP SAILS BY YOUR SIDE
SHE CHOSE YOU FOR HER CAPTAIN
SO SAIL HER MARK WITH PRIDE
We all love and miss you Mark, Please take care of your younger brother GLYN who sadly joined you suddenly on 12/04/2002
HMS Antelope sailed from Devonport on the 5th April and carried out a number of escort duties in the South Atlantic. She entered the Total Exclusion Zone on the 22nd May and joined the ships in San Carlos Water on the 23rd. That day, HMS Antelope was badly damaged and set on fire in the course of three separate air attacks during which Mark Stephens lost his life. In the afternoon, one of two unexploded bombs blew up while being defused, the ship then caught fire and was abandoned. That night, she blew up and sank, just off Ajax Bay.