Dedicated to the memory of:

Acting Weapons Engineering Mechanic  (Radio)

John Keith Dobson 

HMS Coventry

Garden of Remembrance John Keith Dobson HMS Coventry

John, from Exeter in Devon, was born on 9th December 1961.

He died on 25th May 1982 when HMS Coventry was bombed and sunk while operating off the northern coast of West Falkland.

Personal information courtesy of


John Dobson and I were in the Scouts together in Exeter.

The attached photo shows John and I having completed the 35 mile Ten Tors Challenge. I think it’s 1977 – we would both have been 15. We were good friends at the time and I recall us spending many happy times together.

As happens at that age we lost touch and I did not know that John had enlisted. Only when I noticed the plaque on a bench at Exmouth dedicated to him did I learn of his fate.

I recently had the privilege of meeting Simon Weston which prompted me to search for some detail about John and came across this page. I am pictured top right and John is alongside me in the plain bobble hat.

Tony Steiner


Family and friends are encouraged to contribute.

We will add information to this memorial as we receive it.

If you have a photo, an anecdote, or simply to say you remember him, we will be very pleased to hear from you, so please contact the SAMA82 office at 

In 2022, as part of the 40th Anniversary commemorations, geographical features were identified and named after the fallen of 1982.   DOBSON PASSAGE is a passage into Rolons Cove (between Port Harriet and Bluff Cove), East Falkland.

It is in position 51° 45′ 01.85″ S, 058° 02′ 42.86″ W