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Former governor of the Falkland Islands Sir Rex Hunt passes away

Former governor of the Falkland Islands Sir Rex Hunt passes away

SIR Rex Hunt, who was governor of the Falkland Islands at the time of the Argentine invasion in 1982, has passed away. He was 86.

Sir Rex was taken prisoner when Argentine soldiers took over the capital of the islands, Port Stanley. He was then expelled from the islands and flown to Uruquay.

The people of the Falklands have always regarded Sir Rex as a hero for the dignified way he dealt with the invasion. At the time, only a small number of soldiers were stationed in the Falklands and they were quickly taken prisoners by the invaders.

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher ordered a task force to sail from Britain to reclaim the islands.

The conflict which followed was to last 74 days and claim the lives of 255 British military personnel and three islanders. More than 600 Argentine soldiers died in the conflict.

As soon as the conflict ended, Sir Rex was allowed to return to Port Stanley. He remained as governor until 1985 when he was granted the Freedom of Stanley in recognition of his contribution to the islands.

The Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands has paid tribute to their former governor.

A statement said: “Sir Rex will forever be remembered in the islands for his years of service as governor, and particularly for his courage and dignity in facing the Argentine invasion in 1982.

“A loyal friend of the Falkland Islands, he served for many years as chairman of the Falkland Islands Association and as president of the UK Falkland Islands Trust.

“His passion and commitment to the Falkland Islands will be sorely missed. The thoughts and deepest sympathies of all Falkland Islanders are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

Sir Rex had been living in retirement in Stockton-on-Tees.

To view archive material from the time of the Falklands conflict, click here.

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