It is with deep sadness that the British Veterans’ Group (BVG) reports the recent passing of another one of its members, Mr Jack Robson from Cleveleys, Lancashire.
Jack served in the British Army from 1952 – 1955 with the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards and the Royal Air Force Regiment from 1956 - 1962.
During his service, Jack was awarded with the General Service Medal (1918) and two bars.
The first was for service in Cyprus when in 1956 the Cypriot movement for union with Greece (called "Enosis") started under the leadership of Archbishop Makarios and General George Grivas.
The General led the guerrilla organisation EOKA against the British troops stationed on the island. The conflict was often a bloody affair, involving 40,000 British troops over 4 years.
The second bar Jack received was for service in the Arabian Peninsula, Aden where a disagreement about land and associated oil rights, the Iman of Oman rebelled against the Sultan of Muscat.
After initial setbacks, in 1955 the Sultan called for assistance from UK forces. It was not until British Special Forces were deployed that the rebels were dislodged from their territory in the Jebel Akhbar Mountains.
The BVG’s Veterans Officer, Pete Molloy, said “Jack’s passing is the second one of our group’s this year and it is always sad to hear the passing of someone who had served their country and their people in the armed forces, but even more so, when a veteran continued that service through the Nationalist cause.”
Not only was Jack a BVG member, but also a British National Party member and our condolences go to his family and friends.
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