Airborne Engineers Association


Please Take Note

 Our next meeting will take place at 1300 hrs. on Sunday 16 September 2018, at the Royal British Legion, Central Branch, 33 Rodney Street, Edinburgh.

General Service Medal 62 with Clasp South Arabia
On 16 September 2016, an e-mail was received from the Army Medal Office saying that those killed and wounded in Aden in 1965 would be entitled to the GSM as set out in Special Army Orders of 25 July 1966.

On January 2017 a letter was received from Major General Nitsch CBE to the effect that  the men of 300 Para Sqn RE could not be awrded the GSM because they had not served 30 days in theatre. Howver, he went on the say that the casualties of 300 Para Sqn RE had already received the GSM, which according to him, was always the case if killed or wounded in action. No medals had been awarded.

A letter dated 31 May 2018 from Lord Howe stated that members of 300 Para Sqn RE could not be awarded the GSM because they had not served 30 days in theatre.

On Monday 18 June 2018 a letter was received from the Army Medal Office intimating that the GSM would not be awarded to the casualties of 300 Para Sqn RE because the squadron was training in Aden/Radfan. Its a pity no one told the enemy that. This is the first time in all the letters received from the MoD that the word training has been used. They must have scraped the bottom of the barrel to find that loophole. They are now using any excuse not to award the casualties of 300 Para Sqn RE the GSM. The people in the Ministry of  Defence who made this decision should hang their heads in shame.

The Elizabeth Cross
In September 2010 Rhoda Lonergan, widow of WO2 John F Lonergan, who was killed in action at Al Milah, Radfan, Aden on 12 April 1965 was awarded The Elizabeth Cross.

The precise eligibility requirements issued by the Ministry of Defence are:

Those who died from whatever cause whilst serving on a medal earning operation. Medal earning operations are those in which deployed personnel received a Campaign Medal, General Service Medal or Operational Service Medal which demonstrated the risk and rigour involved. Operations where a UN, NATO or other international body or other nations' campaign medal was accepted for wear, in the absence of a UK medal also qualify.
Those who died as a result of an act of terrorism where the available evidence suggests that the Service person, whether on or off duty, was targeted because of his or her membership of the UK Armed Forces.
Those who died on a non-medal earning operational task where death has been caused by the inherent high risk of the task.
Those who died a subsequent and premature death as a result of an injury or illness attributed to the circumstances outlined above., was awarded The Elizabeth Cross.

According to The MoD WO2 Lonergan did not qualify for the GSM62 because he was only there for training. However, the first paragraph seems to imply that medallic recognition has been awarded to those killed in action. Are there any lawyers out there who can interpret the above?

Future Meetings

Sunday 16 September 1300hrs.
AGM Sunday 18 November 1230hrs.

AEA Scotland Events for 2018.

General Service Medal 62 with Clasp South Arabia.


Renaming Ceremony Kingsbury ARC to "Lonergan Lines"
12 April 2016.
Please click the link to view all photographs

The Birth and Early Years
 2 Troop 300 Airborne Squadron R.E.
 "The Edinburgh Troop".
By D. H. Thomas.
The History of 131 Commando Squadron Royal Engineers
1947 to Present Day


AEA Scotland Minutes Archive in PDF.

2009     11 AGM 15 November

2010     17 January     21 March      16 May     18 July     19 September      12 AGM 21 November

2011    16 January     20 March      15 May     17 July     18 September      13 AGM 20 November

2012    15 January     18 March      20 May     15 July     16 September       14 AGM 18 November

2013     20 January      17 March     19 May     21 July     15 September       15 AGM 17 November

2014     19 January      16 March      18 May    20 July      31 August            16 AGM 16 November

2015     18 January      15 March      17 May    19 July     20 September       17 AGM 15 November

2016     17 January       20 March     15 May    17 July      18 September       18 AGM 20 November

2017     15 January       19 March      21 May    16 July     17 September       19 AGM 19 November

2018     21 January       15 April         20 May    15 July