When the invasion began on April 1 1982, Sir Rex made Government House the operational headquarters for the Royal Marines, sending his wife and son away to a safe house, while all servants and domestic staff were told to leave with their most valued possessions.
After a fierce battle in which outnumbered Royal Marines shot dead an Argentine navy officer, Sir Rex took the painful decision to surrender.
In full gubernatorial uniform, including plumed governor's hat, he went to the town hall in Stanley to meet Admiral Carlos Busser, the Argentine general commanding the invasion.
He refused to shake hands with him, and said: 'You have landed unlawfully on British territory and I order you to remove yourself and your troops forthwith.
'This is British territory. You're not invited. We don't want you here. I want you to go now and take all your men with you.'
Sir Rex also refused to shake hands with the new Argentine governor, General Garcia.
Can we get some of this man’s blood and infuse it into the house Republicans? Please.
Sounds like he had a serious pair of stones.