MP bat­tles to get medals to hon­our Aden vet­er­ans

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

A north MP has backed a cam­paign to see Scot­tish mil­i­tary vet­er­ans prop­erly hon­oured for their role in the Aden Emer­gency in 1965.

West­ern Isles MP An­gus MacNeil ac­cused the Min­istry of De­fence of per­pe­trat­ing a decades long “in­jus­tice” by not award­ing the men Gen­eral Ser­vice Medals (GSM).

This stems from the de­ploy­ment and en­gage­ment of a Ter­ri­to­rial Army unit in the 1965 Aden Emer­gency.

Then 300 Parachute Field Squadron Royal En­gi­neers, 131 Parachute En­gi­neer Reg­i­ment TA were sent to the coun­try which was later re­named Ye­men.

While de­ployed to the Dhala Road at Al Mi­lah they were at­tacked on April 12 and two men lost their lives and five oth­ers were wounded. Among the ca­su­al­ties was Eoghainn Ma­clach­lainn from South Uist who was shot in the face and is one of Mr MacNeil’s con­stituents.

De­spite the en­gage­ment the MoD has re­peat­edly failed to recog­nise their ser­vice while of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of rea­sons for the over­sight.

The lat­est MoD re­sponse re­gard­ing Mr Ma­clach­lainn claimed he was in­el­i­gi­ble for a medal be­cause he de­ployed for “train­ing” pur­poses and not “op­er­a­tional du­ties.”

Mr MacNeil said: “I have been writ­ing to the Min­istry of De­fence about this in­jus­tice for more than two years.

“The brave men who served in the 300 Parachute Field Squadron de­serve recog­ni­tion for their ser­vice.

“The bat­tle which took place was not part of a train­ing ex­er­cise but was ac­tive ser­vice.”

MP An­gus MacNeil

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