3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment
Ian Patrick Scrivens was born in Weymouth on 12th August 1964. He lived in Yeovil prior to joining the Junior Parachute Company (JPC) in 1981. His parents said ‘He loved every second of it’.
Private Scrivens died during the Battle for Mount Longdon on 12 June 1982, aged just 17 years old. His friends Neil Grose and Jason Burt were also hit. Neil was mortally wounded and Ian was shot by a sniper trying to save him alongside Pte Jason ‘Tommy’ Thomas. Neil had celebrated his 18th birthday only the day before he died and Jason Burt was 17.
Pte Scrivens is buried alongside Pte’s Grose and Burt at Aldershot Military Cemetery, Hampshire.
Image & information courtesy of www.paradata.org.uk
Information compiled with the assistance of Mr Roy Scrivens, image kindly supplied by Jimmy O’Connell
My name is Trevor Gillingham, I was in the same class at school as Ian until we left in 1980. I joined the Marines in July of that year with Ian joining the Parachute Regiment a few weeks later. I was with 40 Commando aboard the Canberra and bumped into Ian on the journey south, we shared a beer together. I learnt of his death on the way home.
A good man, taken from us far too young.
I was 12 years of age when I was attending the Yeovil Army Cadet Force in 1979, officially joining at the age of 13 and I remember being so chuffed with being presented with an oversized Army uniform thrown at me in the stores. I do remember Ian Scrivens, a giant of a lad who had a mischievous aura about him and was very likeable. One evening in 1982 at the drill hall we were all told the devastating news about Ian. Myself, along with other members of the ACF were invited to attend Ian’s funeral by his parents. Travelling to Aldershot is a day that I will never forget,
RIP Ian, and bless you all.
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In 2022, as part of the 40th Anniversary commemorations, geographical features were identified and named after the fallen of 1982. SCRIVENS BEACH is a sandy beach on the south side of Byron Sound, west of Hill Cove, East Falkland.
It is in position
51° 29′ 45.88″ S, 060° 13′ 14.09″ W