Falklands Ride of Respect visits Northamptonshire village to honour fallen soldier

Nearly 40 years after his death, the young soldier is still remembered for his sacrifices

By Carly Odell
Wednesday, 11th August 2021, 8:30 am
Updated Thursday, 12th August 2021, 2:08 pm
The group assembled to honour Private Gerald Bull. Photo: Ian Topham.
The group assembled to honour Private Gerald Bull. Photo: Ian Topham.

A Northamptonshire soldier who died in the Falklands conflict has been remembered decades on by a group which conducts annual ‘Rides of Respect’.

Private Gerald Bull was born on November 11, 1963 - the fourth child of Amos and Rosalie. As a young man of 18, he boarded the SS Canberra to serve his Queen and Country.

On June 11, 1982, while fighting on Mount Longdon, Gerald was seriously wounded and sadly died from his injuries on June 12, 1982, just two days before the conflict ended.

Gerald's family members were in attendance. Photo: Ian Topham

Gerald is buried at All Saints Church in Brixworth, close to both of his parents' graves.

Now, almost 40 years later he is still remembered, along with his fellow men who passed away during this conflict.

Every year the Falklands Ride of Respect, which is made up primarily of the Parachute regiment of which Gerald was one, ride around the country and pay their respects to those who died by visiting their resting place.

This year's South Atlantic Medal Association (SAMA) Ride of Respect visited the village on Saturday (August 7).

The Royal Naval Association (RNA) riders branch were also in attendance to make sure the SAMA riders found their way from the A14 to the church.

All four of his siblings were in attendance - his two sisters and two brothers - for the mark of respect as well as the small service of remembrance.

The relatives were taken aback and over the moon that their brother is still remembered so many years on.

Gerald was killed in the same battle as Craftsman Alex Shaw, 25, from Corby who served with 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (3 Para).

Alex's ashes were laid to rest in his home town where the Falklands Ride of Respect visited, however his ashes have since been exhumed and reburied in a military cemetery in Hampshire.To honour Gerald, the group shared this message: “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

“At the going down of the sun and in the morning

“We will remember them.”

The members of 3 Para killed in the Battle of Mount Longdon were: Stewart Laing, Phillip West, James (Doc) Murdoch, Anthony Greenwood, Stewart McLaughlin, Mark Dodsworth, Alex Shaw, Gerald Bull, Timothy Jenkins, Keith McCarthy, Peter Higgs, Neil Grose, Jason Burt, Jonathon Crow, Peter Heddicker, Ian McKay VC, David Scott, Ian Scrivens, Richard Absolon, Stephen Hope, Craig Jones and Christopher Lovett.