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Old 13th Jan 2018, 17:02   #1 (permalink)
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Surgeon Captain Rick Jolly - RIP

Surgeon Captain Rick Jolly R.N. OBE, Officer in the Order of May (Argentina), crossed the bar in his sleep this morning. A hero of the Falklands conflict
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Old 13th Jan 2018, 17:18   #2 (permalink)
 
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"Red and Green Life Machine". ISTR never lost a patient in FI. Only knew of him by reputation, but what a reputation. A lot of guys owe their lives to him. RIP
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A fine officer and absolute gentleman. Many British and Argentine men owe their lives to the skill and dedication demonstrated by his "Red and Green Life Machine" in the disused factory at Ajax Bay. They even operated with a 400kg UXB lodged in the roof of the building on 27th May 82.

The world will be a poorer place for his passing.

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Clear skies Sir.
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I had the pleasure of working with Rick for several years when he was the Civilian Medical Officer for the AFCO in Plymouth. He always referred to me as a 'the tame, sea-going crab' and was always fascinated to get my take on life at sea on a Harrier Squadron.
He was brilliant with nervous candidates having their first service medical and always took a pragmatic view on things.
A real gentleman, with a heart of gold. He could spin some of the best dits I have ever heard, but always played down some of his more heroic actions.

Rest in peace Doc!
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RIP. A brave and generous man.

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Old 13th Jan 2018, 20:53   #7 (permalink)
 
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Surgeon Captain Rick Jolly OBE

RIP Rick. A pleasure knowing you and a true gentleman.
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These short clips are well worth watching.

Rick Jolley was a fine example of doctors who always put their patients first and in his case irrespective of personal risk. This is not entirely a surprise given he was educated at Stoneyhurst College in Lancashire, whose alumni include seven former pupils awarded the Victoria Cross.




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Old 13th Jan 2018, 22:13   #9 (permalink)
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I had the privilege to meet Surgeon Commander Jolly twice in the mid 80s. A man of great wit and talent. Well respected and will be greatly missed. RIP sir.
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I posted this on arrse earlier:

A doctor who epitomised the true values of a military MO serving in a position of great danger. Care for everyone, no matter who you are or where you come from. A soldier sailor or airman can easily move from being a combatant to patient in just the blink of an eye, you just hope there are people like this to care for you throughout your journey.

Whilst a team effort that team needs a leader and on the day it was needed he steped up to the task and led them to their own victory in that nobody died under their watch.

Standards he set are being maintained as evidenced by how many came home with such horrendous injuries from recent conflicts to their families.

Sincere condolences to his wife and family.

RiP Surgeon Captain Rick Jolley OBE.
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A very great shame to see his passing.
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Old 14th Jan 2018, 09:33   #12 (permalink)
 
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Served with him at Culdrose in Cornwall. An absolute gentleman and a deeply caring doctor who enriched our world with his presence. He will be sadly missed.
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As with many others, I was privileged to have known Rick. At one time we both owned Lotus Elan S4s, of which we shared a common outlook in having fun to the disapproval of the Senior Officers at Culdrose in the early 70s.

This photo (not mine) sums up the character that we will remember. RIP

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Ditto. A really nice bloke.
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What a Great Man!

"Everybody that came in alive went out alive"!
What an epitaph.

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I first met him when I was at Stonyhurst - his old school in 1983 when he came to give an enthralling talk on his Falklands campaign.

He encouraged me to join the fleet air arm and went as far as inviting me down to culdrose to show me around and shadow him for a few days.

Subsequently served with him at culdrose and had the great pleasure of flying him when I was on 771.

Many happy dinners and beers, he will be sorely missed.
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A really good man. He must have been as he passed my aircrew medicals......!

Oh and I had an Elan S3 so old Eacott and I had a common bond of miss behaviour with Rick.

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If there is a god in heaven, you, sir, will be sitting next to him.
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There are amongst us those who are great enough to touch us by their passing.
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I salute him too. Would those who know compare him to Weary Dunlop?
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