Orders, Decorations and Medals (25 March 1997)

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Date of Auction: 25th March 1997

Sold for £600

Estimate: £600 - £800

The campaign medal awarded to Lance Corporal A. G. E. G. Brown, 22nd Special Air Service Regiment, killed in a terrorist ambush in Aden during May 1967

General Service 1962, 2 clasps, Borneo, South Arabia (23742439 Tpr. A. G. E. G. Brown, SAS) good very fine


The following details were extracted from his obituary published in Mars & Minerva: ‘Lance Corporal Tony Brown joined the Royal Artillery in November 1959 at the age of 17, and came to the S.A.S. in 1964. His determination to succeed at everything he did soon achieved results and accelerated his promotion. A fine natural athlete, Tony will be well remembered for his ability on the football and rugby pitches. A strong swimmer and canoeist he was a great asset to the Boat Troop where he served. His death, both tragic and untimely, came as a direct result of enemy action.’

Tony Brown was a member of “D” Squadron, 22 SAS, and had been in the army for seven years. It was his third tour in Aden. A related newspaper cutting states that he was fluent in seven languages, including Arabic, and that he was ‘one of only three men in the British Army to be presented with the Silver Wings of the German Special Airborne Division’. He was killed by a sniper, shortly after bringing up some new troops to his position, while he was pointing out the ground to another member of his squadron at a forward Observation Post. The lot is sold with a contemporary news cutting which includes his photograph and a photograph of his grave.