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YOMP 2012

Mike Cole, David MacPherson, Simon Spencer,

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In Their Father’s and Brother’s Footsteps

 On the night of 11/12 June 1982 two Royal Marines, Corporal Frank Spencer and Marine Gordon MacPherson of Zulu Company, 45 Commando Group, were killed during the night attack on Two Sisters in the Falkland Islands.

 From 12th to 18th May 2012 David MacPherson, the brother of Marine MacPherson, Mike Cole, Zulu Company Commander in 1982, and Colour Sergeant Trev Law, a Royal Marine Mountain Leader serving in the Falkland Islands, will yomp the original 45 Commando route across East Falkland from Port San Carlos to Stanley, paying their respects at Two Sisters.Sadly Simon and Gareth Spencer, Corporal Spencer's two sons,  have had to pull out of the yomp for family reasons, and as always family comes first. They continue to support us.

 The distance from Port San Carlos to Stanley is 120 kilometres. We will be marching during the Falkland Islands winter, which is a challenge in itself, and sleeping either in tents or sheep sheds. The terrain is difficult – tussock grass, rock runs, boggy, mountainous and very exposed. We will need to carry kit and food sufficient for 6/7 days.

 The idea for the yomp came originally from Simon Spencer. Simon, Gareth and David saw this as an opportunity to honour the memory of their father and brother, and to better understand what they went through in 1982 by walking in their footsteps. It was especially important  to complete the last leg from Two Sisters to Stanley.

 We will be collecting primarily for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, whose purpose is to support serving and retired Royal Marines and their dependants who are in need. The fund concentrates particularly on supporting Royal Marines with service limiting injuries who have to start a new life outside the Corps. For more information please visit  We will also be making a contribution to the South Atlantic Medal Association (Falkland Islands), who have kindly sponsored our flights, so that in the future the families of other veterans may also be able to visit the Islands.

We were delighted to receive the following message of support from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, as Captain General Royal Marines: "There are all sorts of ways of raising money for charity, but the idea of re-enacting the 1982 'yomp' across the Falklands from Port San Carlos to Stanley in mid-winter must be the most unusual. I can only hope that Michael Cole and David MacPherson survive the experience, and I wish them every success in their plan to commemorate the deaths of Corporal Spencer and Marine MacPherson during the battle for Two Sisters, and to raise money for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. Philip"

 All funds raised will go to the RMCTF and SAMA (Falkland Islands). We will be grateful for any donation, however small. Please make your donation below, and be kind enough to tell others you think might support us. For donation by cheque please email Mike at for details. Thank you.

We completed the yomp with a pint at the Globe Tavern at 1500 on Friday 18th May. All went very well.David MacPherson, with no military training whatsoever and a hamstring injury that only cleared three days before we left, is of the same stuff as his brother. Fantastic support from Trev Law, both with the admin beforehand and as Patrol Commander on the yomp. Good weather for yomping - cool and windy - with a fine sunny day for our memorial service on Two Sisters and the final leg down into Stanley. Wonderful hospitality from the Falkland Islanders everywhere in the Islands. Thank you all for your support. Best regards Mike

Here is a link to a short 5-minute BFBS report from the yomp:



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20.04.14 With thanks for an inspiring talk at the O&C Club

16.04.14 All the best for the yomp.

16.04.14 Military History Group Oxford and Cambridge Club



30.03.14 RBL Sherborne

23.02.14 From the Military History Group oxford and cambridge Club

17.02.14 Well done, guys.



23.10.13 Well done !


07.02.13 Enjoyed your presentation at Shrivenham. Thank you for the insight. Best wishes. Willie

07.02.13 Good Effort

05.02.13 As to be expected a great effort in keeping with the great traditions of the Corps and, at the same time, not forgetting those now in need.

29.11.12 well done Davy

04.11.12 Great lecture yesyterday at Bryanston School

03.11.12 We very much enjoyed your talk at Bryanston today and would like to make a small donation to the Royal Marines Charitable Trust

03.11.12 Mike's talk was awe inspiring

02.10.12 Well done Mike and all the team. Sorry - better late than not at all. Chris

11.09.12 Sorry this late, I have only just stumbled on the event. Hopefully it was successful and if so, very well done, and a good cause too.

22.08.12 Well done Mike and the team, a great job well done.

20.08.12 Mike, Great respect to you and the team


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Richard Beckwith
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