MP battles to get medals to honour Aden veterans
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