He also wasn't commanding any unit in 1957, let alone a "major UK SF" one; around that time he would have been in the Foreign Legion, which he left in the rank of Sgt, I believe. I haven't seen him in decades, but I doubt he was much beyond his mid-70s. I was in Macedonia/Kosovo in 1999, but unaware that he was there, too; it would have been good to see him again. He impressed me as a modest, likeable and thoroughly decent man, as well as a fine soldier.
soon be the 30th. He facilitated my attending the parade and meal afterwards . I joined but got kicked out for fiddling my medical , i blagged the eye test 3 times but on the 4th i was captured bang to rights as i only has ten percent vision in my right eye. Didn't stop me being a gunner in the re regs or in the slr shooting team for royal anglians ta. grin . my left eye compensated for the right .
I crossed trails with him on a few occassions during military service. In civvy street, I saw him lead the FFL contingent on Remembrance Sunday. My last memory of him was stood in a bar with him in conversation with Chris Moon. That was only a few months ago. There was a buzz going around about his failing health and he 'went' very quickly it seemed to me. May he and all the souls of the faithfully departed, rest in peace.