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Surgeon Commander Rick Jolly OBE died peacefully - Saturday, January 13, 2018

Surgeon Commander Richard Tadeusz Jolly OBE (29 October 1946 – 13 January 2018) was a Royal Navy medical officer who served in the 1982 Falklands War and was later decorated by both the British and Argentine governments for his distinguished conduct during the conflict being awarded an OBE.

He went on to practise and give lectures to medical establishments on his experiences and wrote the book The Red and Green Life Machine.  He was a co-founder and Honorary Life Vice President, of the South Atlantic Medal Association (SAMA 82) formed in 1997 and campaigned for the recognition of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for all Falkland veterans.

Rick Jolly was educated at Stonyhurst College and subsequently studied Medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College in London and qualified as a physician in 1969. While working as a houseman, a senior colleague suggested he join the Royal Naval Reserve as a Royal Navy doctor.

He became Medical Officer to 42 Commando RM, who were deployed in Belfast along with men of the 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment, with whom he built a strong friendship.

In 24 years of service, he completed two tours with the Fleet Air Arm as a Fleet Surgeon, Medical Officer recruitment/Officer training in the Dartmouth Training Ship HMS Bristol, and at the Britannia Royal Naval College.

As Officer Commanding Medical Squadron of the Commando Logistic Regiment Royal Marines, Rick Jolly was Senior Medical Officer of 3 Commando Brigade RM and commanded the field hospital at Ajax Bay.

The facilities at Ajax Bay were set up in an old refrigeration plant situated next to an ammunition dump, as those were the only roofed buildings available of any size fit for purpose. Therefore, due to its position, Brigadier Julian Thompson ordered they were not to paint a Red Cross on the buildings to highlight the hospital due to the terms of the Geneva Convention. The conditions in the field hospital were poor and despite the dirt, poor lighting, air attacks and the presence of two unexploded bombs, only three of the 580 British soldiers and marines wounded in action were to die of their wounds and none while under the care of Surgeon Commander Jolly.

Rick died peacefully on 13/01/18 at his home in Torpoint, Cornwall. 

The members and trustees of SAMA 82 offer their heartfelt sorrow and condolences to Rick's wife Susie - Truly missed, he will always be remembered.  May he now rest in peace.

Details of the funeral of Surgeon Commander Rick Jolly OBE will be announced here within the next few days.

Please click on the 'Read more' link below to access the funeral attendance request from.

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