FROM THE ROYAL AIR FORCE REGIMENT TO THE SPECIAL AIR SERVICE REGIMENT:
A few photographs to show a full and fun career of 23 years in the British military from the early 1970s to the mid 1990s:
If someone had to pick out which recruit would later join the SAS, it certainly wouldn’t be the undernourished ten year old centre front row. Eventually Bob got a wee bit bigger. RAF Swinderby, recruit training before going onto RAF Regiment training at Catterick, Yorkshire.
Preparation for the “Cross Colony March” Hong Kong New Territories, where our team broke the previous record of crossing from East to West taking in every high point and going back down to sea level. Bob was a member of 2 Sqn RAF Regiment, here he is 3rd from right kneeling. 1970s.
On the DZ awaiting the last stick of the day to jump. UK 1970s, Bob front right.
Friends for life! Bob spent 3 years in 2 Sqn RAF Regiment, based at RAF Colerne, Wiltshire, before going onto SAS Selection in the mid 1970s.
Quick reaction live fire in a wadi in Dhofar, Oman, 1972.
“One of our defensive positions known as “hedgehogs” on the Salalah Plain, Dhofar, Oman protecting the airfield. On my first trip there as a 17 year old, I would watch the SAS nightly firefights up in the jebel (mountains) about 4 miles to my front. Tracer and explosions flying back and forward. From that moment, I decided that I wanted to be up there as an SAS soldier. I was told that I’d have to be old enough to shave first! Oman, 1972.”
Having passed SAS Selection, Bob outside his “basha,” now with B Sqn 22 SAS Regt, in Bradbury Lines, Hereford, England, mid 70s.
Returning from a training dive with boat troop B Sqn, 22 SAS Regt. UK 1970s
“Softy with an umbrella in the jungle. The NZ SAS Sqn used small umbrellas in the jungles of Vietnam in order to maintain their body temperature during hard routine patrolling when they were static in the rain. I brought it into 22 SAS Regt in the late 70s after doing a NZ SAS Tracking course. If I was sat out all night on hard routine for example, it’s amazing how much comfort can be taken by not losing my much needed body heat, given the daily work rate with little food intake. “
Flying to RV with a submarine on a night jump with boats. 1980s
Boat Troop with their Klepper canoes rafting up for a final quick brief before a long haul. 1980s. Bob 5 from left.
Mixed International SF LRRP Team. Bob front left. Borneo 1980s
22 SAS Regimental RV, Brew up Wadi, Western Iraq, GW1, Early 90s. Bob left foreground.
Setting up a live fire bank of Claymores demo. Brunei 1990s
The Army School of Infantry title of WO1 (SMI) Sergeant Major Instructor. Just over two terrific years of training lads from other nations as well as our own. Loved my time there, good hard grafting staff, all working as one great team! Early 90s, Jungle Warfare school, Training Team Brunei (TTB).