This page is dedicated to the memory of:
Anthony David Greenwood
3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment
Anthony was the eldest child of Catherine and the late Gordon Greenwood. Anthony had two younger sisters, Sharan and Lesley. Anthony David was born on October 31st, 1959 at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester.
Anthony was educated at four different schools – St Paul’s Infants, Old Moat Junior, Chaigeley School, and Yew Tree High School. Whilst at Chaigeley School, in Cheshire, Anthony developed a love of Cross Country running and he joined and trained at Stretford Running Club. Nearly all the school holidays were spent in Barmouth, Mid Wales, the home of his maternal grandparents. There he developed a love of the outdoors – rock climbing, walking, and swimming. Anthony was a strong swimmer and loved the sea. At one time he had aspired to join the Royal Navy and become a diver.
After leaving school at 16, Anthony joined the army and was posted to the Junior Leaders in Folkestone, where he trained and after passing out he was posted to 3 Para in Aldershot.
In his short life Anthony travelled to many countries and loved every minute of it. One of his greatest experiences was on exercise in Canada when he was able to meet his great grandaunt, who was 97 and living in Lucky Strike, Alberta.
In the April of 1982, 3 Para, with other units, boarded S.S. Canberra and set sail for the South Atlantic. They landed on the Falkland Islands on Friday 21st May.
Anthony then took part in the gruelling march or yomp from Port San Carlos to the final objective: Mount Longdon. In the hard and bitter fight for Mount Longdon Anthony was killed in the early hours of June 12th, 1982: his body was temporarily interred at Teal Inlet with other colleagues killed that night or early morning. In November his body was exhumed and returned home, here he was buried with full military honours on November 30th at Southern Cemetery, West Didsbury, Manchester.
After his unfortunate death, Anthony’s fiancée Christine Hill gave birth to a daughter, Catherine Yvonne Greenwood Hill on September 23rd, 1982. Catherine now lives in Ludgershall, Hampshire. On the 10th February 2002, Catherine gave birth to a baby boy, who was named Anthony Gareth after his grandfather, and on 28th November 2006 a baby girl named Carmen Mae, a granddaughter for Anthony.
We were very honoured to be invited to St Paul’s Cathedral to see the unveiling of a plaque in the tomb, dedicated to all those who had lost their lives in the Falklands Conflict and subsequent memorial services to those who lost their lives.