The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

'Sans Peur'       Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders red and white dicing       'Ne Obliviscaris'


Memoirs by Alex Baillie
1st Battalion


Re-Occupation of Crater, Aden

I don't have any photos as such to send you, but the thing that sticks in my mind is the days leading up to the re-occupation of Crater, when my platoon among others, were positioned along the ridges of Crater, just observing for any hostile activity.

I can't remember how many days it was, but boy it was bloody hot up there! We were supplied with water in jerry cans, and within no time it was warm, not very nice to drink, but in that heat, it was water!

Then we received orders that we were going in. This also was a moment that will stick in my mind. "B" company came in from the Sira Island route, via the Public Works Department.

We had contact on the coast road, when big Bob Shields killed a terrorist suspect at the cinema. We then proceeded to occupy the old Turkish Fort. This was in complete darkness, so it was all a bit wary, as we didn't know what to expect in the way of resistance. However, apart from one sniper on the Sultan of Lahej's Palace, we entered Crater to a very surprised local community.

The way the Battalion conducted itself in the following months was a credit to the Argyll's good name. Sadly, we did lose some of our guys - Brian Malcolm, (Pocus) Hunter and Johnny Moores. They didn't stand a chance when they were massacred along the Queen Arwa Road. But it is believed that they fought back with courage, before succumbing to intense fire from all around them. They will never be forgotten by the Regiment.

For all the guys who were there, I think it will remain an experience they will never forget, because it was so unique in the way it happened, and everyone there was part of a great bunch of guys.


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