my grandfather fought in Aden. He never really spoke about it to me and had passed on now. Is there any way i can find out his service number or what medals he recieved during his career? He served in Queens.
It wasn't nice. The Suffolks were patrolling the crater - street clearance IIRC. There's a display in the Land Vehicles museum at Duxford.
I was attached to 64 Commando up country and was involved in the Cap Badge Op.
Try searching for Radforce or read 'Aden Insurgency: The Savage War in South Arabia 1962â1967' by Jonathan Walker if you want to know more.
As a pad brat who lived in Ma'alla from March 65 to March 67 I have a slightly different perspective from you who were serving, but having read various books since, and talked to the Aden Veterans at last year's Weymouth Festival, you all have my greatest admiration.
And did you know that it was the UK forces stationed in Aden who gave the English Language the word 'flip-flop'? Thought you'd like that
Flip-flops were hardly the stuff of literature (except for recurrent orders against them on board ship as they make slipping all the way down a steel ladder really easy; also oil on a steel deck really does a good job lubricating a rubber sole).
As to Aden, "Nasser good, Nasser good, you wanna buy fountain pen?"