Dedicated to the memory of:

leading Physical Training Instructor

Gary Thomas Nelson

HMS Ardent

Gary, from Saltash in Cornwall, was born on 18th May 1957.

He died on 21st May 1982 when HMS Ardent was bombed and sunk in Falkland Sound.

Personal information courtesy of



The photos are of the war memorial at St Stephens Church, Saltash, Cornwall, where his name appears.
I served aboard HMS Amazon with “Ginge”, as I knew him, in 1978/79.  I will never forget seeing his name among the list of casualties for Ardent when they were published throughout the fleet – I was serving aboard HMS Brilliant during the conflict – and my thoughts are never far from all of those who never made it home.

Chris Latham

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 sama office at 

In 2022, as part of the 40th Anniversary commemorations, geographical features were identified and named after the fallen of 1982.   NELSON ISLAND is a small tussac island closest to Goose Green on East Falkland.

It is in position
51° 49′ 54.16″ S, 058° 58′ 21.66″ W

Gary was also chosen to have a street named after him at the Mount Pleasant Complex (MPC).  MPC is the base for British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI). NELSON ROAD is located at
51° 53′ 37.86″ S, 058° 26′ 39.19″ W