aden war..

#1
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.
thanks
 
#4
#5
thankyou, no luck with the first two.
trying the small wars one now
 
#7
I now feel really old, Aden was my first posting straight from basic training 1967.I am still serving albeit FTRS
 
#8
shaka said:
I now feel really old, Aden was my first posting straight from basic training 1967.I am still serving albeit FTRS
Your tour must have been pretty short as we pulled out in November '67.

Having said that, I also feel rather old. I was there in '66.
 
#9
shaka said:
I now feel really old, Aden was my first posting straight from basic training 1967.I am still serving albeit FTRS
You think you're old? I'd just finished trade training when I was posted there! :soldier:
 
#10
Balleh said:
shaka said:
I now feel really old, Aden was my first posting straight from basic training 1967.I am still serving albeit FTRS
Your tour must have been pretty short as we pulled out in November '67.

Having said that, I also feel rather old. I was there in '66.
March - Sep 1967 1st Bn South Wales Borderers (24 foot) mainly in Maalla. Five months but long enough to get my knees brown.
 
#12
i hear that Aden was a very grim war, obviously no war is pretty. but i have been told this one was bad. no that much online about it tbh.
 
#13
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 1962–1967' by Jonathan Walker if you want to know more.
 
#14
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 ;-)
 

seaweed

LE
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#15
I bought my first pair of flip-flops (so named) in Singaore in 1956. But maybe Pongoes took time to catch up.
 
#16
Interesting. (sorry to nip off thread!) Victoria Coren's programme finding the roots of words couldn't find a reference earlier than about 1961 in Aden!
 

seaweed

LE
Book Reviewer
#17
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?"
 
#18
I recall there was a tailor somewhere in Ma'alla or was it nearer the port, anyway his name was Bakha Thali. As usually happens his name was corrupted by the Army and he was nicknamed Barking Charlie. :)
 
#19
'Without Glory in Arabia' by Hinchcliffe, Ducker and Holt is an interesting read. It's hard going, but does give a good insight into some of the hows, whys and wherefores.

I still am left wondering why Denis Healey, a former Major who was then Secretary of State for Defence, seemed to get so many things wrong from so many angles.
 
#20
Grownup_Rafbrat said:
........................I still am left wondering why Denis Healey, a former Major who was then Secretary of State for Defence, seemed to get so many things wrong from so many angles.
Simple, he was a self-satisfied communist masquerading as a socialist.
 

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