The Army Catering Corps at the Battle of Mirbat

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I found out today is the anniversary of the Battle of Mirbat (19/07/72) and during a read of a tribute I noted that the SAS lost two troopers during the battle.

One leapt out at me as having a rather unique background. Trooper Thomas Tobin had joined the SAS from the Army Catering Corps and served with B Squadron.

He was killed in the gun pit at Mirbat and was posthumously awarded the DCM.

It got me wondering if this was the most unusual "route" into the SAS?
 
#3
He was killed in the gun pit at Mirbat and was posthumously awarded the DCM.

It got me wondering if this was the most unusual "route" into the SAS?
Tom died a number of weeks after being retrieved to the Millbank Hospital in UK.

As for part two of your query, not that unusual. One of the Bradbury Lines chefs a Jamaican gent ended in B Sqn around the same time and soon followed by a DI from RAF Swinderby.
 
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Tom died a number of weeks after being retrieved to the Millbank Hospital in UK.
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I did wonder about the dates as I found an obituary that said he passed away on the 25th of October. The snippet I read on the web said the 19th of July.

Thanks for clearing that up.
 
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I know of another cook, chef who back in the early 80's attempted SAS selection and I later found out that he passed. Don't know what became of him though.
 
#10
In the 70's they use to send recruiting teams out to all the Regiments, marched into the camp cinema and you will attend the presentation! I enjoyed it, seemed better than getting slaughtered on Herforder every night, but any in the Regiment could apply.
 
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I know of another cook, chef who back in the early 80's attempted SAS selection and I later found out that he passed. Don't know what became of him though.
Stationed in Osnabrück 82-85, Zero Alpha told me she'd been chatting with another wife. Seems other wife, her husband was a chef, but regularly disappeared without warning, and she'd get a postcard via Bundespost from somewhere exotic and normal squaddies didn't get posted.for

Go figure.
 
#17
Lt Col AA "Dick" Arthur.

Ex RM, fought on CORPORATE , left, then, bored, did selection as a civvie. Passed, much to everyone's surprised and had to be commissioned quick sticks. So he chose his father's capbadge - RAOC - in which he never served being badged throughout right up until his untimely death from cancer in, as I recall, the late 1990s.
 

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21 or 23 so they tell me.
Chris Ryan may have. I remember The One That Got Away described how, unusually, he'd hung around with a SAS(R) unit, in Ponteland springs to mind, and joined a reserve SAS unit without a parent cap badge, which certainly then was unusual.
 

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