William Oliver Meredith Kevans
- William 'Will' Oliver Meredith Kevans was born in Birmingham. He spent
part of his childhood in Germany. At the age of 10 he and his family
moved to Ceredigion, Wales.
- Kevans joined the Army at the age of 17 in
1980. He served as a runner in 4 Platoon, 2 Company, 1st Battalion,
Welsh Guards. He left for the Falklands on board of the ocean liner Queen
Elizabeth 2. On 29 may 1982 his unit was transferred to the ocean liner Canberra and on 2 June they
landed at a beach near San Carlos. The battalion would support an
advance along the southern approach to Stanley. However, they were
ordered to return to San Carlos and land directly at Bluff Cove. There
were not enough landingcrafts and only half of the battalion landed at
Bluff Cove. The other half stayed on the Sir Galahad. It was then
decided to land the men on the Sir Galahad at Fitzroy. They would then
march to the rest of the battalion af Bluff Cove. On the 8th of June the
Sir Galahad was attacked by Argentinian aircraft and hit by two of three
bombs. A total of 48 soldiers and crewman were killed in the explosions
and subsequent fire. Among them were 32 men of the Welsh Guards.
- In the night of 11/12 June 1982 the battalion
took part in the Battle of Mount Harriet.
- After the war Kevans stayed in the Army a a
parachutist. When he left the Army Kevans moved to London where he
played guitar and trumpet for different bands. He established himself as
a singer-songwriter and became involved in the acoustic music scene. He
also joined the military arts group, which was set up after the
Falklands War to encourage soldiers to develop their skills and deal
with the psychological trauma of battle. His work included drawing
characters for children's cartoon programmes like Dennis the
- In 2008 Kevans won the International
Songwriting Competition with his song "Out there" and provided
music for the computergame Scooby-Doo.
- In 2009 Kevans released his debut single
"Dialling Tone" and in february 2010 his first album was
- In 2015 Kevans released a cartoon book of his
experiences during the Falklands War. The book is called 'My life in
- In 5 june 2017 the BBC released a documentary
about several men of the Welsh Guards who return to the Falklands for a
charity walk of 90 miles, a TAB (Tactical Advance to Battle), from San Carlos to Port Stanley to raise money
for Care After Combat and SAMA Wales. Will Kevans was one of the men who
returned to the Falklands.
Will Kevans and Prince Harry in 2014
Will Kevans in 2017, during his return to the
Sources: website wikipeda, website www.bbc.co.uk,
webite www.dailymail.co.uk, website
www.channel4.com, website www.forces.net
and Will Kevans.