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Surgeon Commander Rick Jolly, Royal Navy

Rick Jolly established and ran the British field hospital at Ajax Bay, housed in a disused abattoir. The hospital staff dealt with casualties of the attack on Sir Galahad at Fitzroy, as well as wounded from the battles of Goose Green, Mount Harriet and Mount Longdon. Wounded Argentinian soldiers were also treated. The hospital became known as the ‘Red and Green Life Machine’, because of the red and green berets worn by the Parachute Regiment and Royal Marines medics. It was a testament to the skill and devotion of the medical staff at Ajax Bay that all injured British servicemen who reached the field hospital left alive.

Rick Jolly was decorated for his work in the Falklands by both the British and Argentinian governments, a unique achievement.

Rick Jolly
Rick Jolly’s medal group
Rick Jolly’s medal group comprising a General Service Medal with Northern Ireland clasp, South Atlantic Medal, OBE and Oficial Orden de Majo, awarded to him by the Argentinian goverment. By kind permission of Surgeon Captain Rick Jolly OBE RN (retd), © IWM
Rick Jolly’s diary
This diary was kept by Rick Jolly throughout the war. By kind permission of Surgeon Captain Rick Jolly OBE RN (retd), © IWM