This page is dedicated to the memory of:
Matthew James Stuart
Fred (Gravity Graham) Horabin
At the time of the Falklands, Matt was working for me as a ‘WE Seaman’, and on the fateful day of 21st May, as the Maintainer of the Seacat system (Weapons Engineering Mechanician 2). I was the last person to see him alive – when I closed the hatch to the forward Seacat magazine. What I have found hard to accept over the years, is that it was his 18th birthday, and he never got to enjoy it. That apart he was a helpful, and considerate young man – with a strong sense of humour. As one example – while at Portland, for Staff Sea checks prior to deploying, we had been testing missiles, and I told him it was ‘Standeasy’ at which point he walked out of the Ready-use Mag and proceeded to lock me in – only to return with a cup of coffee for me. I think he wanted to make sure we finished early …. It still gets to me even now.
“Stu” and I went through gunnery training together, we were in the same class and passed out together, I only really knew him for a matter of months, but as any serviceman will tell you the bond of basic training is lifelong. My thoughts to his family, we will all miss his soul ….
This photograph of Matthew was taken on board HMS ARGONAUT just prior to the 21st May, the day Matthew was killed on his 18th birthday. I believe this was the last photograph taken of him.
Nick Brotherton; fellow shipmate.
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