Gambia 1 Infantry Battalion Commanding Officer Dies


By Makutu Manneh

Lieutenant Colonel Pierre John Mendy, commanding officer of Gambia Armed Forces 1 Infantry Battalion at Yundum Barracks, died on Monday morning 2nd August 2021. He died at age 57.  

Mr Mendy was born in Banjul on 21st October 1963. He attended St John’s Primary School from 1969 to 1971, St Therese’s Primary School from 1971 to 1975, St Augustine’s Junior Technical School from 1976 to 1980 and St Augustine’s High School 1980 to 1983.

Lieutenant Colonel Mendy was enlisted in the Gambia national Gendarmerie in 1984. He was posted at State House in 1989 as bodyguard to the president of the 1st republic, Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara and in 1995, he was appointed as the Principal Protecting Officer to President Yahya Jammeh, a position he held for three years.

In 1998, he travelled to Pakistan and upon his return; he became the head of the military police. Lt. Col Mendy also served as acting director of operation and training and commander at Fajara Barracks in 2005.