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Old 18-02-13, 09:15 AM
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Default SAS History in a basket

Take a look here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...mbers-SAS.html

Great read.

Oh yes and don't forget to red arrow the comment at the bottom!

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Old 18-02-13, 08:25 PM
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Red Arrowed Sir.

Excellent story.

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Old 19-02-13, 04:41 PM
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Would he have been a founding member if Mayne's letter from 29 October 1945 states he has known him for some 18 months?

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Old 19-02-13, 05:10 PM
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He is said here to have joined SAS Feb 44 from HLI.
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Old 19-02-13, 07:19 PM
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HI Good evening , when I first followed the link and saw the picnic hamper and all it contents I though

" Oh my f..king god " what a fantastic lot .......... but you know what , sorry its just a feeling but something is not right here ???

Cant put my finger on it but theres some thing odd ? just a little too contrived ....

now please put me right .....
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Old 19-02-13, 07:36 PM
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If the man had been an original founding member he would have been awarded an Africa Star and possibly an Italy star.

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Old 20-02-13, 09:40 AM
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I would agree that he's not one of the "originals", but don't let that put you off. Remember this is a newspaper article written by a general news journalist who, while he's done a better job on military stuff than most, is not an expert on the army.

To most of the general public the original SAS is a unit who took part in WW2, and a founder of the regiment is also simply someone who served at about that time. They have no idea what L Detachment is and no understanding of what we call "originals".

There's nothing "wrong" with this collection when you look at it in this light. Nothing is contrived. Enjoy it for what it is, the man won an MC with the SAS for crying out loud.

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Old 20-02-13, 10:45 AM
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Indeed it's bad journalism and bad reporting of the facts rather than bad facts.
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Old 20-02-13, 11:35 AM
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For crying out loud - It's not bad journalism - it's far better journalism that we are used to seeing on this sort of subject although it is generalist rather than specialist. All that can possibly said against it is that the journalist made one mistake and that is not enough to condemn the whole story

The man was a fine soldier who won an MC serving with the SAS in France. He was a member, a highly respected member at that, of the regiment which laid the foundations on which the modern unit was built. He was one of those who built up the legacy which forms the modern legend. He was in every sense except one one of the founders of the modern SAS.

He was not one of the "originals" as we understand it. But that's alright, we know and we care - but nobody else gives a hoot and that's alright too.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all put our nitpicking about the way the story was written aside for even a single day and unreservedly celebrate the life of Captain Cecil Leyland Riding MC SAS, one of the men who built the legend of the SAS in WW2.

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Old 20-02-13, 01:18 PM
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Ediie

Calm down it was only an observation!

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Old 20-02-13, 01:31 PM
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Fantastic story. Thanks for passing that on.

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I can only say wow! What a great find, it is astonishing what comes out of the woodwork after all those years.

I would love to see a more close-up of the SAS wings on the SD, i do not know that pattern yet but then there are so much variations

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Old 20-02-13, 06:02 PM
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Although not an original, I would have thought he was earlier than Feb 1944 as he wears his wings on the breast. I thought an order had gone out by about mid 1943 that wings were to be worn on the right sleeve by all who then qualified, those having already qualified and completed three operations behind the lines being able to retain wearing them above the left breast pocket.
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Old 20-02-13, 09:30 PM
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Default Captain Cecil Leyland Riding (180311)

Friends,

Captain Cecil Leyland "Jock" Riding took part in Operation Gain as 2nd in Command of "D" Squadron 1st SAS under Major Ian Fenwick. One the camps of Gain was overrun by the Germans and many SAS men were captured and killed. After Ian Fenwick was killed in a firefight in Chambon on 7 August 1944, Captain Riding took over the command of Gain. A couple days after the death if Ian Fenwick, Paddy Mayne himself and Mike Sadler dropped into France to take charge of operation Gain.

Riding's MC was published in the London Gazette on 20 March 1945. I am not sure what it was awarded for, probably for Gain.

You can research Riding's WW2 military career when searching the website of the London Gazette.

Riding was certainly not a founding father of the SAS, but definitely a decorated WW2 veteran.

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