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DAVID BRIGGS REP: SB - USE PICTURE SMALL''David Briggs, from Lee-on-the-Solent, who died on HMS Sheffield when it was set on fire by an Argentine missile and is now going to be honoured by having his name added the Lee war memorial.' 'We've been given permission to use the picture by the South Atlantic Medal Association.''PICTURE: MUST CREDIT SOUTH ATLANTIC MEDAL ASSOCIATION'SEE SAM BANNISTER

DAVID BRIGGS REP: SB - USE PICTURE SMALL''David Briggs, from Lee-on-the-Solent, who died on HMS Sheffield when it was set on fire by an Argentine missile and is now going to be honoured by having his name added the Lee war memorial.' 'We've been given permission to use the picture by the South Atlantic Medal Association.''PICTURE: MUST CREDIT SOUTH ATLANTIC MEDAL ASSOCIATION'SEE SAM BANNISTER

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FALKLANDS hero David Briggs will be honoured by having his name added to Gosport’s war memorial 29 years after he died.

The Petty Officer Marine Engineering Mechanic, from Lee-on-the-Solent, was one of 20 sailors killed on board HMS Sheffield in 1982.

The ship was struck by an Argentine missile which failed to explode but caused a major fire.

PO Briggs repeatedly went back into the smoke-filled ship to pass out valuable firefighting equipment. But after several trips he fell unconscious and could not be revived.

Gosport Borough Council will now add his name to a new list of servicemen and women killed in conflicts since the Second World War.

Ward councillor for Lee East Cllr Graham Burgess said: ‘Anyone who serves their country and gives the ultimate sacrifice should be recognised.

‘I didn’t know David Briggs but I remember he lived in Rosemary Walk and I’d see him some mornings. It’s right he should be remembered. He deserves recognition.’

PO Briggs was awarded a posthumous Distinguished Service Medal in October 1982 for his bravery. About 70 miles south of Stanley his Type 42 destroyer was hit by an Exocet missile fired from an Argentine aircraft.

Of the 20 who died in the attack, PO Mechanic Briggs was the only sailor whose body was recovered.

The memorial, near Pier Street, currently displays the names of armed forces personnel from Lee-on-the-Solent killed in the First and Second World Wars.

The council wants to add the names of others killed in conflicts since then.

If you know somebody whose name has not been recorded on the memorial, you can write to Cllr Burgess at Gosport Borough Council, Town Hall, High Street, Gosport. PO12 1EB or e-mail graham.burgess@gosport.gov.uk

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