Lt-Col Ron Reid-Daly - RIP

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    Lt-Col Ron Reid-Daly died yesterday at his home in Simonstown, RSA after a three-day coma.

    A C Squadron (22.SAS) veteran from the old Malaya days, he went on to become the original RSM of 1st Battalion, Rhodesian Light Infantry before his first retirement from military service in the 1973. He came out of retirement in the mid 1970's with an appointment at the rank of Major, initially to take charge of a newly stood-up combat tracker course, going on to take command of the Selous Scouts Regiment. While most of his more famous exploits of modern military history took place as commander of that regiment, he later went on to command the entire Transkei Defence Force during the late 1980's.

    Lt-Col Ron Reid-Daly - Wikipedia

    More later.

    Requiescat in Pace
  2. First Walls, now R-D - who's next? Bet they weren't in the ARRSE 2010 Dead Pool either.
  3. jim24

    jim24 Book Reviewer

    He wrote one of the book reviews on the book "Blood Lily" which I am in the process of reviewing for Auld Yin now, RIP
  4. If there was any justice for the poor benighted country comrade bob would have opened the batting on this game...

    from 32 Bn Forum an apposite poem

    The Sparrows fall just one by one
    Their Wars are fought, their battles won
    And now they pass, boots by their bed
    But would have died in War instead
    They were set, to give their all
    Their names should live upon the wall
    Where others live who gave their lives
    For us, so Right and Might survives
    Chris Higginson

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    Facebook page of condolence
  5. I've got a copy of his book ''Pamwe Chete''. Top read.
  6. I had the privilege of meeting Colonel Reid-Daly several times.

    An absolute gentleman.
  7. May he rest in peace.
  8. Rest In Peace
  9. His account of the Regiment's undertakings "Selous Scouts - Top Secret War" (with Peter Stiff) is a vastly underrated guide to counter-insurgency warfare, demonstrating what can be done with a little initiative, the bending of a few rules and a political climate that understood what needed to be done.

    RIP Colonel (or General if you include his Transkei service).