Graham J. Cordwell
Graham J. Cordwell: June 2007
Graham J. Cordwell: Falklands - 1982Graham is a proud member of The South Atlantic Medal Association 1982 (SAMA82). He was born 30th April 1956 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England and at the age of 16 years and 4 months, joined the British Army as a boy soldier. At age 18 years, he completed adult recruit and parachute training and was posted to 2nd Battalion of The Parachute Regiment (2 Para) with whom he served for nearly 15 years before resigning in March 1988.
During this time Graham served 4 tours of duty in Northern Ireland, totalling almost 3 years, and saw active service in the Falklands War in 1982. He then served as a police officer for 3 years in Surrey Constabulary, England before resigning and moving to Norway in 1991 with his second wife.
In 1994 at the age of 38, Graham attended to college to become a social worker and, after graduation, worked with people with drug and alcohol addiction. In 2002, after a mental breakdown, Graham was diagnosed with chronic PTSD and has spent the past 5 years in treatment and rehabilitation. His never-give-up attitude is underscored by his words, “I still hope to be well again one day.”
Index of Writings
- Antipodean Sunset
- Life on Hold – An Ode to PTSD
- The Abandoned Soldier
- Twenty-Five Years On