Rear Admiral Peter George Valentine Dingemans, CB, DSO, FIMgt was awarded the DSO during the Falklands campaign.
Peter is quietly modest about his achievements, but is held in huge esteem by all who served alongside him. He has recently penned a book, 'My Incredible Journey' which will be published later this month.
- When you were at Brighton College, what did you want to be when you 'grew-up'?
To be in the Royal Navy
- What are you now you've grown up?
- What is your best memory of school?
Playing in the 1st XV when we won all of our matches (the following year we lost them all!)
- What was the best piece of advice you were given
My motto is "Be loyal, do your duty, and never forget your god."
- What do you do /did you do as a career
I was in the navy for 37 years, and then worked for the next ten years in the City.
- What does your job involve?
I commanded four ships, and several jobs in London. And several jobs in the Ministry of Defence in London. When promoted I became Flag Officer, Gibraltar.
I attended the Royal Air Force Staff Course and the Royal College of Defence Studies; I spent 10 years with Slaughter & May where I was Head of Payroll, Benefits, Insurances.
I was a member of the Brighton College Council, Sussex University Council, Sussex Innovation Centre, Brighton College Scholarship Fund Trustee, Governor at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, and President of the British Legion (Cowfold) Branch, and the Royal Naval Association, Horsham.
- What are the most challenging parts of your job?
Leading men under fire – we had 25 aircraft attacks in one morning.
- What have you done that you are most proud of
The award of the Distinguished Service Order which recognised the role ships company undertook.
- What is the single thing that would most improve the quality of your life?
A cure for Parkinsons.
- What are the three objects you would take with you to a desert island?
The Dad's Army BBC Series
- How would you like to be remembered?
I have recently written a book, called 'My Incredible Journey' which will be available in November.
From The London Gazette, 8th October, 1982:
"HMS INTREPID, under the command of Captain Dingemans, was manned up and sailed at very short notice to join the Amphibious Force already on its way to the Falkland Islands. Captain Dingemans achieved all this in a remarkably short time and joined the main Amphibious Forces at Ascension Island and stayed as a vital part of it, with the exception of one brief respite, until the fall of Port Stanley. During the time of the landings, when the Amphibious Force was is San Carlos Water, the ship came repeatedly under air attack. HMS INTREPID was, on several occasions, employed on nightly escorted runs to insert or recover landing craft when the threat of attack from airborne Exocet and surface craft was ever present. Throughout this period, Captain Dingemans took the closest personal charge of his Ship's Company, fought his ship magnificently, as well as providing every possible assistance to Frigates, aircraft and landing ships. His example, energy and leadership were of the highest order."