CAPTAIN EDWIN BARRY JEWKES
Killed in action on 5th May 1964 in the Radfan area of the South Arabian
Peninsula while attached to 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment.
"Barry" as he was affectionately known to the whole of the
1st Battalion, was well loved. A natural gentleman and a fine sportsman.
His great game was Rugby Football. Both as a player and as Team Captain
he was well above the average, inspiring the whole team by his cool,
safe play and devastating tackles. After the game his personal standards
were an example to all others and he kept the more boisterous within
bounds without detracting from the fun.
Yes, life was fun for Barry. He lived every minute of it to the full
and the died, gloriously, under fire helping one of his soldiers.
His death is a sad and personal loss to us all, particularly to "Goody",
his wife and his son Mark; also, of course to his parents who we had
the privilege of meeting in Germany.
He was known, liked and respected by all from the humblest Fusilier
to the General Officer Commanding his Division. It was a great privilege
25 year old, Captain Jewkes was killed by a rebel sniper, whilst
giving medical aid to Sergeant Baxter who seriously wounded in the
lung, in the Radfan on May 5 1964.
Padre Preston arrived in a Belvedere helicopter to organise the removal
of all wounded. He stayed himself to give a temporary burial to Captain
Capt Jewkes was posthumously awarded a Mentioned in Despatches.
He was later buried at Maala Cemetery, Aden
Note from Maurice
I came across this obituary to Captain Edwin Barry Jewkes the other
day. Can't think why he was not decorated for bravery, he laid down
his life for a comrade? He was certainly the best rugby player we
had at that time.
Lieutenant Edward Barrymore 'Barry' Jewkes was commissioned into The
Lt Jewkes was seconded to B Company, The 3rd Battalion, The Parachute
Regiment in Regiment (3 PARA) in October 1963 and soon represented
them at rugby.
read about the action Barry was killed in