David Gill

King Hussein of Jordan has approved a commemorative medal to honour the British servicemen who served alongside Jordanian forces during the 1958 Middle East crisis; The medal is inscribed “for service in the Hashermite Kingdom of Jordan.”

In the summer of 1958 the 16th Independent Parachute Brigade and 208(F) Squadron RAF were hurriedly dispatched from Cyprus to Jordan to forestall a coup d’etat. These forces were later re-enforced by the 1st Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) shipped in from Kenya and also the 17th Field Battery Royal Artillery. Other support units from both services were also deployed; British forces remained in Jordan until the political situation stabilised. At that time King Hussein offered to issue a medal for these forces but the British government turned this down.

Since that time, the servicemen involved have campaigned for a medal for what was considered a major operational success. So far, some 1000 men entitled to the medal have been traced, but thousands are still to be located. Although most of the servicemen entitled to the medal will have served in 1958, all British servicemen who have served in Jordan are eligible.

If any of our members were involved in this operation, or served in Jordan at any other time, they can get more information by writing to me, Mr D Gill, Drakemyre Croft, Cairnorrie, Methlick, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 7JN. Or they can phone on 01651 806252.

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