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Army February 28, 2013
THE Australian Army Journal (AAJ) is
inviting submissions for a special issue on
culture and the Australian Army.
The special issue encourages a lively
discussion about the meaning, understand-
ing, representation, benefits and problems
of culture in Army.
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Your say on Army culture
True story of forgiveness
One man's journey from the Falklands War into the depths of despair and then out the other side again
Journey to Peace
Author: Adam Joe Lawton
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
284 pages, RRP $21.95
Reviewer: Capt Andy Brayshaw
IN APRIL 1982, when Argentina
invaded the Falklands Islands, a
British Overseas Territory, Adam
Joe Lawton was a 17-year-old jun-
ior seaman serving on board HMS
Sheffield, a type 42 destroyer.
At that time Sheffield was on her
way back from taking part in protection
duties in the Iran/Iraq war.
As a result of the invasion of the
Falkland Islands HMS Sheffield was
to the South
Atlantic as part
of the British
that had been
by the British
to retake the
the author's experiences through his
baptism of fire when HMS Sheffield
was hit by an Exocet missile and
became Britain's first ship lost since
World War II, resulting in the death of
20 of her crew and the sinking of the
ship. This appalling turn of events of
unimaginable horror would haunt Mr
Lawton for many years to come and
take him from a pleasant young man to
one filled with hate and anger.
Like many veterans returning from
the Falklands War, Mr Lawton found it
hard to adjust to a peaceful existence.
He found himself unable to grieve for
his friends, turning to alcohol to try and
block out the memories.
A Navy lieutenant took the time to
look at Mr Lawton and where he was
heading on his road to destruction,
causing him to have a long hard look at
himself. This started him getting his life
back on track.
The memories of those eventful
months in 1982 began to fade away and
become dim and distance memories.
By 1995 Mr Lawton had left the
navy and had emigrated, living the
Australian dream in Brisbane. Then
in 1998 out of the blue the memories
that had been locked away for so long
started finding their way back into his
That unseen killer of so many war
veterans had arrived in Mr Lawton's life
-- post-traumatic stress disorder. What
followed was a journey of reconciliation
and forgiveness as he faced his demons,
returning to the Falklands and then on
to Argentina to meet up with some of
the Argentine pilots from the war who
were involved in the attack on Sheffield.
In 1982 Mr Lawton had been the
third youngest sailor on the Sheffield.
Of the other two, one took his own life
and the other is in psychiatric care.
Journey to Peace is a must read for all
those who have served their countries
and are dealing with the demons that
such service brings.
In the Falklands War, 258 British
personnel died. In the 30 years since
the end of the war more than 350 ex-
members have taken their own lives as
a result of PTSD, the most recent being
ex-paratrooper Stephen Hood, who fea-
tured in iconic film footage celebrating
victory at the battle of Goose Green, and
took his own life on January 3 this year.
By Bob Dikkenberg
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