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.