Garden 4 - The Sun Room and Soldiers of the Special Air Service
These memorials are kindly gifted by friends and family of those commemorated in this garden.
Talaiasi Labalaba (Pictured above, lost his life during the battle)
Tommy Tobin (Died in October 1972 of wounds sustained during the battle)
Mike Kealy (Lost his life during training in 1979.)
Codenamed OPERATION STORM. Between 1970 and 1975 a war was fought for the hearts and minds of the Jebali (mountain people) of the Province of Dhofar in Southern Oman. Soldiers from 22 Special Air Service Regiment were deployed under the guise of a British Army Training Team, commonly known as BATT men. The SAS objective was to help the armed forces of Oman win the battle on the Jebel and to deliver the Province from armed communists working from bases in Yemen.
Tommy Tobin the medic was attending to them when he was shot in the jaw, a wound that was later to prove fatal. Labalaba was shot in the neck whilst trying to retrieve a mortar nearby. The defence of the Gun Pit was taken over by Mike Kealy and Takavesi until almost two hours later when a relief force of fighter planes and helicopter borne soldiers from 22 SAS arrived and routed the enemy. Labalaba sadly died in the Gun Pit along with a Dhofar Gendarmerie soldier.
“It may appear that an unusually large number of names have been recorded.
This is because there were on the 19th July an unusually large number of gallant actions at Mirbat.”
Colonel Bryan Ray, Northern Frontier Regiment, Sultan of Oman’s Armed Forces. 19th July 2009.
During the war in Oman 1970-1976 he took part in an intensive six week period of bombing during cross border raids in Yemen that were intended to help stop the supply of arms and supplies to the communists fighting in Oman. A veteran of many operations he sadly died aged 50 in 2010 after a short illness. The plaque was gifted by the Allied Special Forces Association.
John Leslie (Lofty) Arthy joined D Squadron 22 SAS Regiment from the Welsh Guards in 1975. During the Falklands Conflict he was part of the raiding party on Pebble Island on the night of 14/15th May 1982 when two Westland Sea King HC4 helicopters of 846 Naval Air Squadron, part of the Commando Helicopter Force, departed with 45 members of D Squadron on board. The force infiltrated the airfield without alarm allowing them to lay charges on seven of the aircraft. Once all the aircraft had been prepared the raiding team opened fire on the aircraft with small arms and L1A1 rockets. All of the aircraft were damaged, with some having their undercarriages shot away.
Steve Moores 22 SAS & Coldstream Guards
Bob Consiglio 22 SAS & 40 Commando Royal Marines
Gilbert 'Taff' Iles 22 SAS & Royal Engineers
David Morgan 13 Flight Army Air Corps
Christopher Gibb Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers
John Dunn 45 Commando - Royal Marines
Trooper 'Norrie' King 22 SAS & Parachute Regiment
'Jock' Thomson 22 SAS & Parachute Regiment
'Sailor' Maine 22 SAS, Parachute Regiment, Royal Navy, Merchant Navy & Royal Hospital Chelsea
Bravo Two Zero Tree Seat
Robert Consiglio 22 SAS & 40 Commando Royal Marines - January 1991
Steven Lane 22 SAS & 9 Para Royal Engineers - January 1991
Vincent Phillips 22 SAS, 16 Para Royal Army Ordnance Corps & Royal Marine Commando Ordnance - January 1991
Dave Denbury 22 SAS & 9 Para Royal Engineers - February 1991
"Taff" Hughes 22 SAS & Welsh Guards Chapel Seat
John Heron Royal Green Jackets and 23 Special Air Service
The Sun Dial
Phillip Currass 22 SAS
Stimmies Stone from Strasbourg Cathedral
Hughes Meier Brigade Piron Luxembourg.
Ron McKeon - 264 Squadron
Don "Lofty" Large 22 SAS
Alex Spence 22 SAS
Memorial to the SAS and Special Forces Support soldiers who lost their lives in the Falklands Conflict 1982.
Brass plaque kindly donated by the Parachute Regimental Association of Newport.
The FRIENDS of the Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove took over the fund raising, maintenance
and ongoing improvements to the Grove on the 1st September 2019.
To join the Friends of ASFMG please contact Mike Colton.