History's HEROES? Dated 1861 -

Simon Weston

Created by

Caitlin

Location

Falkland Islands
Was injured there

Achievements

  • Given an OBE by the Queen.
  • Has raised thousands of pounds for charity.

Characteristics

  • Brave / Courageous
  • Inspiring / Charismatic
  • Determined
  • Kind and compassionate

A man who persevered in the most difficult of situations

Can you imagine what it would feel like to be bombed? Simon Weston can! During the Falklands War his ship was bombed by troops from Argentina. This astonishing man was lucky to survive.

Simon Weston was born on the 8th August 1961 in Caerphilly Miners Hospital. He had two loving parents: Pauline Weston and Lofty (adoptive father). When he was young he got cautioned by the police for riding in a stolen car, as a consequence of that Simon's mum (Pauline) insisted that he joined the army. Simon joined the Welsh Guards in 1978 at the age of 16.

When he was on his ship, the Sir Galahad, it was bombed on 9th June 1982. The ship rapidly caught fire. Out of 30 courageous men only eight survived. All of these men (including Simon Weston) were horrendously injured, 46% of Simon Weston's body was burnt. He has had to have over seventy operations because of all his burns, but sadly today he still has many scars.

Now Simon likes doing a lot of work for charity, particularly those that support people who have been wounded in conflict or are disfigured. He has raised millions of pounds for these good causes. In 1992, he was given an OBE by the Queen. Simon has two sons: Stuart and James. He also has a baby grandson Zachary, who he loves to spend time with. He says "It's extraordinary, the healing power a grandchild can have."

Today Simon is an inspiration to people because he persevered in the most difficult of situations and has turned something negative into something positive.

Life in Simon Weston's world

Simon's injuries happened during a ten week war between the UK and Argentina.

Was Simon Weston a Hero?

  • Persevered in terrible circumstances
  • Rebuilt his life
  • Raises money for charity

Things you might not know about Simon Weston

He has had over seventy operations.
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