Dedicated to the memory of:

Weapons Engineering Artificer (Apprentice)

Ian Robert Williams 

HMS Coventry

Ian, from Neston in Cheshire, was born on 13th January 1961

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

Personal information courtesy of


Paul B Sutherland (Ex CPOWEA (AD) (SM) D173071D)

Ian “Stumpy” Williams had been an apprentice at HMS Collingwood and joined HMS Coventry for the “Sea Training” phase of his apprenticeship. I knew him through his girlfriend at the time Lydia “Lil” Greedus. He regularly attended the “Collingwood Bop” nights where a number of us were on the committee of the JR’s Club (I was a Young Weapons Mechanic at the time). When Lil heard the news about Ian she was heartbroken (understandably). We travelled to Coventry Cathedral for the memorial service later that year. We felt it was the least we could do. Ian was a typical young apprentice with his whole life ahead of him. He will always be remembered whenever “The Coventry” is mentioned.

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.   WILLIAMS POINT is the westernmost point of North Fur, in the Jason Islands group, West Falkland.

It is in position
51° 07′ 42.00″ S, 060° 45′ 44.93″ W