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Jim Prescott's Memorial Plaque - Stolen


20th Aug 2013 -Update

John Philips HAS RAISED THE FUNDS to replace Jim Prescott's memorial plaque with over £1,600 raised, no more donations are required.

A big thank you to everybody for the rapid response.

The bronze plaque paid tribute to Staff Sergeant Jim Prescott (37), who was killed instantly when a 1,000lb bomb went off on board HMS Antelope, which sank the following day. John Phillips (70), who lost his left arm in the same explosion, as you can imagine, was upset to hear that the plaque, which was erected in 1990 on the Allander Walkway, in Milngavie, on a bridge later named Prescott Bridge in Jim’s honour, had been stolen.

The bridge was built by a team of men from the 583 Field Squadron (EOD) (V) one of the founding squadrons of 101 Engineer Regt (EOD) when the Regiment reformed as a Bomb Disposal Regt. Jim Prescott’s daughter, Angela, contacted John to tell him the plaque had been stolen. We are now going to replace the stolen plaque with one made of stone - which will be just as fitting. John said: “I was with Jim when he died. “I couldn’t believe that someone would steal his memorial, it’s disgraceful. “The yobs who stole it should be ashamed of themselves. I now want to make sure that Jim is properly remembered in years to come and gets the respect he deserves.” A photograph of HMS Antelope engulfed in an enormous fireball became one of the defining images of the 1982 conflict with Argentina.

Staff Sergeant Jim Prescott, of the Royal Engineers, was posthumously awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal for his brave actions during the campaign.

A citation described Staff Sergeant Prescott’s actions as “courage of the highest order in perservering with attempts to defuse the bomb in HMS Antelope, fully aware that the condition was particularly dangerous.”