War widow whose husband died during the Battle Of Goose Green is challenging herself to an emotional charity walk during her first visit to the Falkland Islands.
Jay Hyrons is doing the walk to honour her late husband Lance Corporal Gary Bingley MM who served with The Second Battalion The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA).
“My husband was quite an amazing man. We met and got married very quickly when we were 19. He was was totally Paratrooper through and through.”
LCpl Bingley was killed during the Battle Of Goose Green in May 1982. He was section leader in D-Company with 2 PARA and posthumously received the Military Medal for storming an Argentine machine gun nest during the Falklands War. The citation published in the London Gazette explains his bravery:
“His heroic action enabled his company to continue their advance and was significantly instrumental in defeating the enemy.”
Jay wants to honour the memory of her husband Lance Corporal Gary Bingley who died during the Battle of Goose Green
The self-described war widow living with PTSD says this is a cause very close to her heart. In the past, she has spoken about the number of veterans who commit suicide, sometimes many years after they leave service.
“I know a few guys that have gone through Combat Stress and had some really good results from them.”
Jay will leave the UK on November 19 heading to the Falkland Islands via Cape Verde.
“In the last 35 years I’ve not been to the Falklands… I’m going to be walking in my husband’s last steps before he died, from Sussex Mountain to Goose Green.
“I’m also going to be tabbing in honour of both 2 and 3 PARA across Mount Longdon and then into Port Stanley, part of that journey will be the steps that Gary didn’t get to do.”