Weapons Engineering Mechanic (Ordnance) 1
I. P. HALL
HMS Coventry sailed from Portsmouth on the 17th March 1982 for Exercise SPRINGTRAIN but was ordered south on the 2nd April. She carried out a number of operations around the Falkland Islands and on the 22nd May was tasked, along with HMS Broadsword, to operate as a 'missile trap' to the north of Pebble Island in defence of the San Carlos bridgehead. Having shot down a number of enemy aircraft, they were attacked and bombed on the 25th May. Three bombs exploded within HMS Coventry. Severely damaged, she capsized shortly afterwards and sank with the loss of nineteen lives.
Ian Hall rests with his comrades; their war grave is marked by a permanent memorial on Pebble Island, the nearest point of land. He is remembered.