Above: Verses from "The Golden Journey to Samarkand" by James Elroy Flecker
have for many years been an inspiration to members of the SAS.
 
The prayer collect of the Special Air Service Regiment
Oh Lord, Who didst call on Thy disciples to venture all to win all men to
Thee, grant that we, the chosen members of the Special Air Service Regiment,
may by our works and our ways dare all to win all and, in so doing, render
special service to Thee and our fellow men in all the world, through the
same Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen.
 

Left and above right: Stained glass windows of St Martin's church Hereford.
Below: Headstones of Labalaba and Tommy Tobin - Pete's Mirbat comrades - at St Martin's. Laba died during the battle on 19th July 1972 and Tommy as a result of his wounds on 5th October 1972.

TALAIYASI LABALABA BEM
THOMAS TOBIN
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
LABA'S STATUE OUTSIDE THE SERGEANTS' MESS
STIRLING LINES
LABA (bottom right) WITH FRIENDS ON A STOPOVER IN SINGAPORE, EN ROUTE TO OMAN.
FOLLOWING THE OFFICIAL CEREMONY TO UNVEIL LABA'S STATUE, STIRLING LINES
LABA'S SON IS ON THE LEFT
We are indebted to the 212 (212 Fijians who were the first to be recruited by the British Army in the early 1960s), FLAMES (the children of the 212) and the Fiji Museum who have very kindly granted permission for us to post these two special photos.
 
   
TOMMY PALMER QGM

With kind thanks to Tommy's family.
 

Don "Lofty" Large is the true epitome of an SAS soldier. His courage, skill and tenacity saw him beat all the odds, surviving serious injury and imprisonment in a North Korean POW camp (following the fateful battle of Imjin River) and go on to pass the gruelling SAS Selection process, not once but twice! A true soldiers' soldier, Lofty will always be remembered as one of the Regiment's finest and most well respected members.
In memory of a great soldier and friend Pete, and comrades, have donated a bench in Lofty's name to the Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove.


Bench commemorating:
THE SAS REGIMENT
The Oman Insurgencies 1958-1976
In Memory of WO2 Don "Lofty" Large, 22 SAS
Donated by his mates ~ Pete Scholey, Colin Wallace, Johnny Partridge, Pete Winner and Bob Podesta.
"We are the Pilgrims, master."

This bench is located in the Sun Room, Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove, National Memorial Arboretum

 
 
It is with heavy heart that we announce the death of Pete's friend and comrade John McAleese MM, yesterday 26 August 2011. A message from Pete:

I SERVED WITH JOHN FOR MANY YEARS IN "B" SQUADRON WHICH INCLUDED THE IRANIAN EMBASSY SIEGE. HE WAS A BRAVE, COURAGEOUS SOLDIER WHO WON THE MILITARY MEDAL FOR AN OPERATION IN NORTHERN IRELAND. HE WAS A VERY PROFESSIONAL SPECIAL FORCES SOLDIER AND WILL BE SADLY MISSED. RIP JOHN.
 

Fred Marafono 13-12-40 to 27-03-13.

A message from Pete:

FRED A GREAT FIJIAN WARRIOR, ONE OF THE FIJIAN BROTHERHOOD IN 'B' SQN WHICH ALSO INCLUDED TAK, LABA, JIM, AND TOM, ALL DECORATED FOR BRAVERY.

WHEN I WAS A YOUNG TROOPER JUST OFF SELECTION AND I JOINED 'B' SQN, FRED WAS A VETERAN OF MANY CAMPAIGNS, AND FOR SOMEONE LIKE ME WHO HAD NEVER BEEN IN COMBAT, FRED WAS AN INSPIRATION, HE GAVE ME CONFIDENCE ON MY FIRST OPERATIONAL TOUR OF DUTY IN THE DHOFAR WAR. I ALWAYS FELT SAFE WHEN FRED WAS AROUND. FAREWELL FRED, I HOPE YOU FIND VALHALLA.

 
 
Copyright © 2010-13 Faith Cowling & A Squadron Limited. All Rights Reserved.