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A message from our Branch Chairman

I have been elected recently July 2018, as the chair of the Gloucestershire Branch of the Aden Veterans Association.

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to our website. If this is your first visit to the site, please browse through to find out what we do, and how you can contact us. If you are already a member you will find the latest information about events in our area as well as further afield.

The Aden Veterans Association, our parent body, is a tri-service organisation founded on the 25th March 2000. The aims are firstly to maintain the memory of all those who gave their lives for the cause of peace in Aden and the Protectorate. The second is to promote, and maintain, comradeship amongst the members.

The Gloucestershire Branch was founded on the 5th April 2008 at Stroud Conservative Club (Carlton House, London Road, Stroud. GL5 2AQ). This remains the venue for our quarterly and Annual General meetings.

Our Branch standard was dedicated in Gloucester Cathedral on the 18th March 2009. In December 2012 a commemorative plaque was mounted on

 50th Anniversary of Withdrawal from Aden

2017 marked fifty years since the British completed withdrawing from Aden, on 29th November 1967. The Gloucestershire Branch arranged a wreath laying and service in Gloucester Cathedral on Sunday 26th November 2017, to which all members of the AVA were invited. 

Note: This event was in addition to the AVA National Drumhead Service in York on Wed 29th November 2017.

the War Memorial at the Long Garden in Cheltenham, where we hold an annual open air service.

Are you eligible to join? If you, or your parents, served in Aden up to the British Withdrawal on the 29th November 1967, either in HM Forces or in a civilian capacity, or if you went to school in Aden, were born within the Protectorate, we would warmly welcome you to join us at one of our meetings. If you are an AVA member visiting the area you are cordially invited to join us for any of our various events. All I would ask is that you make contact, in advance, with our Branch Secretary, Michael Compton.

Additional to this excellent website we produce a triannual Newsletter, sent on-line to most of our Branch members with hard copies to those without computer access. The latest Newsletter is always available here, details can be found below. If you have been interested, and motivated, by this website we hope to welcome you to our thriving Branch.                 Rick  Rutter (July 2018)

Did you serve with the Royal Engineers in Aden 63-64?  If so click here.

The Crescent Hotel The Idrus Mosque, Crater Panoramic view Crater Town Looking towards Steamer Point from Ma'ala Straight dual carriageway Looking towards The Crater Pass from Ma'ala Straight dual carriageway Looking towards Signal Hill and RAF Steamer Point Hospital

Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of British Withdrawal.
(Courtesy of BBC Points West 26th November 2017)

Routine Adventure in Aden (1965))
(courtesy of the Imperial War Museum)
Soldier in the Sun (1964) #1
(courtesy of the BBC)
Soldier in the Sun (1964) #2
(courtesy of the BBC)

News & Notifications

Roger Ackland - Fund Raising Walk 2018 (extract from RBL Journal)

Rev Brian Woolaston
August 3rd 2018

Our very own Brian Woolaston appeared in the Western Daily Press as part
of the funeral service for Fashion Designer Michael Howells. 

Click on Brian's image to read the cutting.
(reproduced here by courtesy of
the publishers)


In May 2018 Peter Johnson and Chris Blick completed a  fund-raising charity walk on behalf of this organisation.  It covers some 50 miles and took place over 5 days starting at Parr Sands on Saturday May 19th and finished the following Wednesday at Bigbury (east of Plymouth).    Chris spoke about this at the April Branch Meeting - having sought  sponsorship. 

The amount raised was presented to the charity, which in turn acknowledged this effort in their Newsletter...


Joining Forces Gloucestershire is a partnership between Age UK Gloucestershire and SSAFA (Gloucestershire Branch) to support local older veterans to have a safe and comfortable later life.

This is part of the Aged Veterans Fund funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds and can provide specific support to those who have served in the British Armed forces or completed National Service born before 1950.

Age UK Gloucestershire want our county to be the best in which to grow older and the Aged Veterans funding has enabled us to “Join forces” with SSAFA, the armed forces charity, to specifically improve the lives of Older Veterans.

Together we can provide tailor made person centred support to veterans to ensure they have the “essentials” for a safe and comfortable later life, specifically the benefits and income they are entitled to.   We can ensure our veterans have their service medals and veterans badge and in some cases provided specific SSAFA case work to provide grants for household or disability essentials.  We are aiming to link isolated veterans with local veterans clubs to enable connection with lost comrades and enable the forces camaraderie to be recreated.

Age UK nationally also offer a free telephone friendship service “Call in time” and we can link isolated veterans to each other for a friendly weekly telephone call.  Age UK are also producing a regular Joining Forces newsletter and this can be accessed by signing up on the Age UK website:

For further information or to make a referral please contact:

Age UK Gloucestershire on 01452 422660


website :


Not to be Forgotten Family History

I have been asked to write a 3rd book covering the final years from the Summer of 1964 to the withdrawal in 1967 covering what happened in Aden itself involving the internal security.  I would like to use the same format as my earlier books and try to get it in some kind of chronological order as the units changed in Crater, Ma'alla etc. I would like to add to the stories I have already received from some ladies who were also there during that period.  Short and/or long stories will do - there is so much information out there, please don't leave your bit of family history forgotten.  No matter what your role, you were there and that's what matters.

Thank you in anticipation..

Denis Sparrow

Branch Charter Certificate

Gloucestershire Echo Dec 31st 2012

Gloucestershire Branch will try to have representation at Brize Norton at the Repatriation of Servicemen killed in action in Afghanistan.

Members of the public are welcome to pay their respects along the route, and to that end a Memorial Garden has been built along the route at Norton Way on the edge of Carterton to create a suitable, safe and respectful place for people to congregate. It was designed by a small group of local people including the RBL, community representatives from Brize Norton & Carterton together with serving and retired military personnel.

The design is intended to be a focus for the public to pay their respects. Poignantly at the centre of the garden is a flag pole from which the Union Flag from Royal Wootton Bassett will be flown on repatriation days. The flag itself was transported to Norton Way from Royal Wootton Bassett on September 1st and was dedicated by he Bishop of Oxford at a special ceremony. The flag and Garden were blessed by the Chaplain to the RBL.

Planting of trees around the memorial will take place in the Autumn. There will be poppies planted in the lawn surrounding the memorial in remembrance of past sacrifices in the cause of freedom.

Our Branch would welcome any support in the future months for these repatriation events.

Should any member wish to attend and requires further information then please contact the Branch Secretary Michael Compton at the usual place.

Membership Secretary

The Membership Secretary is John Lunn, 36 Firthview Ave, Scourguie, Inverness.  IV3 8NT (Tel 01463 239932).  To remind you, all memberships are due for renewal on Jan 31st each year, so if you have failed to renew and still wish to do so then please send your remittance to John ASAP.

Michael Compton


Catherine & Maxwell Steele whom are responsible for taking the photographs at the Hallmark Hotel on Nov 29th 2012, have requested that we draw your attention to their charity The Basil D'Oliveira Foundation created to promote both the Charity Trust and the life of one of England's sporting heroes.

The Defence Discount Service is the only official MOD Discount Service and has a very high profile within the MOD and with close ministerial involvement.  Launched Oct 2012, followed by the card in December of that year by the PM. 

The Defence Discount Service is a valuable and tangible part of the nations recognition and appreciation of the Armed Forces and Veterans Community. It is seen as an important element in developing the Armed Forces Covenant across the UK. In addition to this the Defence Discount Service forms part of the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant which was launched 28th June 2013. The service is free for members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and Defence Community to join and make savings. In addition to this the optional Defence Privilege Card provides a personalised recognition card that can be used on the high street which is £4.99 for 5 years and comes with a 10% off at Iceland Card. We are wanting to now further establish Defence Discount Service within the Armed Forces Community and network with Forces Organisations. We feel that it is important for us to recognise the work of Forces Organisations and work together to promote the work of both your organisation and Defence Discount Service.

Tom Dalby who heads up this service, or click on their logo for more information.


This is the charity, chosen by Josie Scott, which benefited from the money raised by football fans of both Plymouth Argyle & Cheltenham Town following Roy's untimely death.

It is supported by Princess Anne and will open a new home in Alexander Road Gloucester within the next few weeks.

I think you will all agree that this is an inspired choice by Josie and you can find out more about this organisation by contacting Josie or clicking on the poster image to the left.

Last known Briefing note (Sept 2013)

British Petroleum

If you were in Aden working for BP or you were a child of a BP employee and living in Aden , then you might be interested to know that there is an active website specifically aimed at you.  To visit the site, just click on their Logo.

Veterans Hip & Knee Surgery Service


Further information on "Hip & Knee Joint Surgery" as requested by Ian Hone in order to make this service more widely known to those whom might benefit.  Click on the poster to expand.


Following the feedback from buyers of the first batch, MkII improved versions are available free of charge (in exchange).  The MkII is also available in two sizes, Large for the men, and Small for the ladies - both incorporate an extra strip of fastening Velcro.

The price is 5 per armband and is available in two lengths (male/female).  Ask at any of our meetings.

Stephen Weall

 48 or 12 Field Squadron

I would be very pleased to hear from any Royal Engineer that served in Aden between 1963 to 64 with either 48 or 12 Field Squadrons.  We were building two new camps out there known as "Anzio" and "Selerno".  I spent six months with each squadron. Whilst there I also boxed for the Aden Combined Services boxing team in and against Bahrain during Easter 1964.

Hope to hear back from you soon.

Fred Carslake (

Branch Meetings Minutes
To view/print a copy of the Minutes for the 2018 AGM click on this link. AGM Minutes
and for the Branch Meeting of Apr 4th 2018 click Minutes

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Event Date Description
National Armed Forces Day
Sat Jun 29th 2019 Details pending.

Note that there will be other similar events more local to us.

Branch AGM
Stroud Conservative Club
Wed Jul 3rd 2019
Our guest will be Mr Geoff Giles from the National Committee.

To assess numbers, please advise if you are stopping for the buffet lunch.

Gloucester Old Spot
Piffs Elm
Tewkesbury Road
GL51 9SY
Wed Sep 4th 2019
12:00 for 12:30hrs
"First Wednesday Lunch"

2/3 Courses @ 16 / 20

Menu here shortly

Jean Stubley 01452 300878

National AGM & Reunion Fri-Mon Sep 6-9th 2019 Further details to appear on the National website.
Battle of Britain Memorial Service
Sun Sep 15th 2019 Details pending. 
Branch Meeting
Stroud Conservative Club
Wed Oct 2nd 2019
To assess numbers, please advise if you are stopping for the buffet lunch.
Field of Remembrance - Mayor's Dedication
Long Gardens
Cheltenham Promenade
Thu Oct 31st 2019 Dedication of the Field of Remembrance at the War Memorial Promenade, by RBL
Cheltenham and the Mayor.
Venue TBA Wed Nov 6th 2019
12:00 for 12:30hrs
"First Wednesday Lunch"

Jean Stubley 01452 300878
Remembrance Sunday
Long Gardens
Cheltenham Promenade
Sun Nov 10th 2019
Those wishing to take part in the march-past should assemble in front of the Municipal Building at 10:45hrs and expect to be marched into position in front of the war memorial.
Armistice Day Parade
Mon Nov 11th 2019
Details pending.
52nd Anniversary of Aden Withdrawal
Long Gardens
Fri Nov 29th Nov 2019
Those able to participate should assemble around the war memorial on three sides (back, left & right) leaving the front for the orators. 

Following the short service, a buffet lunch will be available, at a modest cost, at the RAFA Club 1 Royal Crescent.

Venue TBA Wed Dec 4th 2019 Suggested date - Venue and date to be confirmed.

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"Away Day" at the REME Museum
ex RAF Lyneham Base
Wednesday August 1st 2018
Membership Meet-Up : Gloucester
July 21st 2018

Chris Blick alongside Mrs Thelma Mary Acland (or AVA Associate Member from Longhope when at an RBL event) at Kingsholm Stadium Gloucester.  
Weymouth Weekend 2018

Our Standard Bearers  LtoR Dennis Flamson SW Branch, John Longhurst Glos Branch & Robert Parrant Kernnow Branch.

Chris Blick alongside Kate Adie CBE DL (BBC Reporter Aden 1960s) and Peter Johnson (Chairman S.West AVA) with the cheque to the Children's Hospice South West from monies raised by Peter's & Chris's recent sponsored walk.  

10th Anniversary Meeting May 4th 2018

Held at the Conservative Club Stroud

Branch President welcomes our new Branch Secretary to the fold

(L) Brigadier Christopher Price CBE Branch Chairman  (R) Michael Compton Secretary
Photo 03 Jan 2018 by John Page at Conservative Club Stroud

Gloucester City Nov 26th 2017 - 50th Anniversary of Aden Withdrawal

Beryl & Curly Knowlton "Co-operating with the local Constabulary!"
Service on the Green
Photo by Hugh Gibson
Service within Gloucester Cathedral
Photo by Hugh Gibson

Royal Marines Association Weekend

Taken on Saturday September 16th 2017 at the Commando Training Centre, Royal Marines.  This display was put on to highlight the 50th Anniversary of our withdrawal from Aden, and to remind those whom were there plus the rest of the RM family, of the Royal Marines part in the conflict up-country in the Radfan Mountains, and of the terrorism on the streets - all of which are portrayed in Denis Sparrow's 3 books on this topic.  Behind the books is Brian Serrell (ex RM), a member of our Branch.

Weymouth Armed Forces  Event 2017

Click on image to see entire gallery

Quarterly Meeting April 5th 2017

 (L) Brigadier Bruce Jackman OBE MC Gurkha Welfare Trust  (R) Brigadier Christopher Price CBE Branch Chairman
Earthcott Green 2016

Wed June 15th 2016

The usual suspects!!
24th April 2016
Lunch at Doctor Foster's in Gloucester Quays

Photographs taken Wednesday February 3rd 2016


Resplendent in his RH scarlet uniform, our very own Mick Kippin.
February 2016

Association Memorial Plaque - The Long Garden, Cheltenham
Click here to expand
Installed December 2012 - Click on (leftmost) Plaque to expand
Can't find a photo? Check out the archive - click below!
Gallery Archive

If anyone has stories and/or photographs they would like to see on this website, then please forward to Chris or Ian.

Publications of Interest

200 Page Full Colour Roll of Honour Book
All 453 UK Armed Forces killed have their photos and cap badges included in this book.  It is A4 Size printed in landscape design, full colour & very high quality.

Note this publication is a limited edition.

Cost 25 + &3.95 shipping
Application on line here.
By post - write to Palace Barracks, Holywood, County Down BT18 9RA

National Service: From Aldershot to Adenn
Tales from the conscripts, 1946-62
by Colin Shindler

"Permission to speak, Sah?"

In the aftermath of the Second World War, over two million men were conscripted to serve in Britain's armed services. Some were sent abroad and watched their friends die in combat. Others remained in barracks and painted coal white. But despite delivering such varied experiences, National Service helped to shape the outlook of an entire generation of young British males.

Historian Dr Colin Shindler has interviewed a wide range of ex-conscripts, from all backgrounds, across all ranks, and spanning the entire fourteen years that peacetime conscription lasted, and captured their memories in this engrossing book. From them, we experience the tension of a post-war Berlin surrounded by Russians, the exotic heat and colour of Tripoli in 1948, the brief but intense flashpoint of the Suez Crisis, and the fear of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya. But we also hear about the other end of the scale, the conscripts who didn't make it outside the confines of their barracks, or in one case, beyond his home town.

Through these conversations we learn as much about the changing attitudes of servicemen as war became more of a distant memory as we do about the varied nature of their experiences. We see, too, the changing face of British society across these pivotal years, which span everything from the coronation of Elizabeth II, to the birth of rock 'n' roll, to the beginning of the end of the Empire. The stories within these pages are fascinating. And they deserve to be told before they are lost forever.

Published by Little, Brown Book Group (ISBN 978-0-7515-4620-0) Paperback 8.99
Available from Amazon

Royal Horse Artillery
In The Aden Protectorate 1963-64

The insurgency on the Yemeni border is described in this well-illustrated summary of a sub-unit's fighting in the harsh desert and jebel (mountain) of the area know as the Radfan.  Written by one of J Battery's former forward observation officers, Richard Mountford, it provides a vivid picture of operations.  The Battery was equipped with the superb Italian-made 105mm pack howitzer - "pack" because it could be broken down into 12 parts for transport by mule, which the Italian Army's mountain troops still used, although in the Radfan the guns were moved by RAF Belvederes.
      Allan Mallinsonn

Privately published - copies may be ordered directly from the author at priced at 10 (+ 1.50 pp).

"Yemen: Heartbreak and Hope"
By The Reverend Peter Crooks MBE

Published by Lulu at

Price 8.75 + 2 p&p

  By Cliff Lord & David Birtles

Published in 2000 by Helion & Co - ISBN 1 874622 40 X

A compact book full of historical facts, and though a ‘limited edition’ is still available by searching ‘on line’. It contains detailed records of the armed forces that were raised in, or seconded to, Aden and the Protectorates during the 128 years of British rule. It also gives an insight into the political and military involvement of Britain, India, Yemen, Turkey, plus internally that of the Protectorates, during those years of political change in ‘South Arabia’..

It is also a well illustrated book opening with the usual introductory chapters followed by the factual military history of Aden itself. Maps and a plentiful cross section of old photographs help to highlight those years of almost continual military and political change.

Of the 112 pages, over 50 are devoted to a comprehensive Directory of the Units who served there – including some fascinating old organisations – to name a few the 1st Yemen Infantry, 23 Fortress Company Royal Bombay Sappers and Miners, Aden Defence Light Section Indian Submarine Corps, Desert Guards, Lahej Trained Forces (I hate to think what the untrained forces were like?) & Mukalla Prison (warders or inmates?) – all playing their part amongst the array of multinational forces who kept some form of law and order. Exactly how this was achieved – especially with submarine and miners units - can only be gleaned from the book!

A selection of factually historical appendices finish off the book, each one listing such things as the comparative tables of Arabic / British ranks, specific operations of early times, lists of British military formations who served over all the years, badges and insignia, honours and awards and a comprehensive glossary of terms and abbreviations..

The Armed Forces of Aden is a reference book and besides making a refreshing read, it also presents a detailed insight into the complex political and military history of Aden during its 150 years of strategic emergence as both a deep water and well protected port on the newly opened sea route from Europe to the Middle and Far East, just as the world was opening up to the advent of oil, trade and empire building by European nations.


Hardback : Paperback:

Chris Morton has brought this publication to our attention and as we all have a connection with this neck of the woods it is likely to contain something for everyone.

"Without Glory in Arabia: The British Retreat from Aden"

"I bought this book as a present.  The person who received it had once served in Aden.  He said it was one of the best books on the subject he had ever read." "The book brought back many memories (good and not so good) of Southern Arabia 1965-67 and helped to explain what was going on seemingly behind the scenes.  The first half concerns events "up country" and the second in Aden itself.  For me it put a useful new perspective on an eventful period"
  Source: Chris Morton's endorsement

"Courage & Strength"
Stories and Poems by Combat Stress Veterans
Kings University Press

A profoundly moving collection of stories and poems, this book is written by men and women of the armed forces affected by combat and by the exacting demands of military service. There are stories from many arena and eras: Afghanistan, Iraq, the Gulf, Falkland Islands, Northern Island, the Cold War and World War II. Many of the works recount moments of reflection in the field, while others deal with the mental torment that can last a lifetime. There are rich themes of love, of appreciation and of a deeply shared humanity.

The authors seek to share their experience through many voices that embrace both poignant detail along with irreverent wit and sometimes biting humour! This anthology provides the reader with an opportunity to reflect upon their own lifetime experience and their own need of courage in the face of adversity. The truths provided by these writers will form a treasure trove of strength for any reader to return to again and again.

***All Proceeds Going to Support Combat Stress***

Introduction by Sandi Toksvig. Foreword by General the Lord Richard Dannatt, GCB CBE MC DL

To be featured in The Times newspaper.

Excerpt from Introduction: "This volume is full of astonishing work. It is painfully and often brilliantly written and in the midst I found something wonderful about the human spirit. In Lee Harrison’s poem From a Veteran to a Veteran, I found a life sustaining Post Script when he wrote “There is always HOPE.” This book has hope in it. Thank you for supporting Combat Stress.”

Sandi Toksvig

Kingston University Press publishes high quality commercial and academic titles. Our books reflect the diverse nature of the student and academic bodies at Kingston University in ways which are designed to impact on debate, to generate mutual understanding and to complement the values to which the University is committed.

To purchase, email, or use order form, or from Amazon - see below.

  9.99 from Amazon

"Aden - Assassination of a British Crown Colony "

My third book covering the history of Aden.   The subtitle "Murder on the Streets of Aden" sounds dramatic, and so it was.  For those whom served there during those years it's a memory they will never forget.  An experience of both excitement and pure terror.

This book covers the final years as the situation developed into full blown battles in Crater, Shiekh Othman, Ma'lla (the murder mile) and guarding the tourists in Tawahi.  The never-ending patrols and guard duties at checkpoints and Mansure Prison.  The duties carried out by the rotating battalions, recalled here by those whom took part.

The maps and photographs show where incidents took place and how dramatic the living and operational conditions were.  In particular, and as near as possible, an account of the tragedy of June 20th 1967.

This publication will be available priced at 33 (+ 3.00 shipping 2nd class, or 39 1st class).

Further details from Denis Sparrow ( or telephone 01453 763552.  My other publications listed below are still available.

"Aden's Northwest Frontier"

This book tells the history of those conflicts "Up Country" in the Western Protectorate of Aden from the time British Troops were first mentioned and used in the Dhala area.

From that request for help in 1881 by the Amir of Dhala grew the involvement of British troops, right up until their withdrawal in 1967.

This history covers, wherever possible, a diary of events year by year (sometimes month by month) as each Company or Unit took its place for a tour of duty "up country". It includes personal experiences and the operations which took place, sometimes unknown to those out on the ground.

There are maps of those operations showing, possibly for the first time, where they were or supposed to be - enhanced with photographs of that time.

The final six chapters comprise several hundred photos covering Dhala, The Convoy, Habilayn, Radfan, Machines and lastly a "rogues gallery" of images some would rather not be seen.

This book has, once again, been published by myself and produced by a local family printers I have know for over 40 years.
In September 2011, former Royal Marine and member of The Aden Veterans’ Association Denis Sparrow published his first book about life during “the forgotten war” in Aden. He has now published a second book which concentrates on operations in the mountains of the Radfan, north-west of the port of Aden and close to the border with the Yemen; the various military bases in that area and the hazardous convoys that kept the troops supplied.

This new book has 530 A4-size pages, several explanatory maps and about 800 photographs showing the difficult terrain in which troops had to survive and fight in; the many incidents of vehicles blown up by land mines and IEDs (although that term wasn’t in use at the time); and the people that were involved on both sides of the fighting. There are also several short personal stories written by people who were there at the time.

This is a book well worth a place on the bookshelf of anyone interested in Britain’s Colonial wars, especially those who served amongst “the barren rocks”. For those who purchased Denis’ first book, it is a “must have” new addition.

Mick Kippin

Although longer than my first by some 60 pages, the price remains a smidgen under 40, at 39.90 including shipping (within the UK), or 33.90 without.

 All requests for a copy should be through me, either by telephone (01453 763552), or by email

"Aden In Pictures";

Due to popular demand, Denis Sparrow's first publication has been reprinted so there are a further 50 copies available.

There has been an unavoidable increase in the price do to the extra costs for a smaller print run.

37 (+ 2.90 p&p).


Order directly with Denis on 01453 763552.


Coal, Frankincense & Myrrh
Yemen and British Yemenis

By Tim Smith

The reputed home of the Queen of Sheba, Yemen has been at the crossroads of Africa, the Middle East and Asia for thousands of years thanks to its position on the ancient spice routes. Ten thousand years of trade along Yemen's Red Sea and Indian Ocean coasts, over its mountains and across its deserts made it a meeting point of people, ideas, money and goods and the centuries of trading generated much wealth. There has been a British presence in Yemen ever since the early 1600s when the East India Company set up trading posts in Mukha (Mocha in the west), a port then famous as the world centre for trade in coffee. In 1839 the port city of Aden was captured to provide a base to protect British trade routes. This began an even stronger relationship which would last some 130 years until 1967 when the Britain finally pulled out, having granted independence after several years of insurgency against British rule including riots and attacks on its troops. But Britain's links do not end there. Yemen is the mother country of the longest-established of Britain's Muslim communities.

Yemenis came to Britain from the 1890s onwards, many as an indirect result of having joined the British Merchant Navy, and after World War Two there was further emigration. By the mid-1970s there were some 15,000 Yemenis in Britain, though today this figure has shrunk back considerably. One of the poorest countries in the region, Yemen still maintains much of its tribal character and old ways. People wear traditional dress and the custom of chewing the narcotic plant khat in the afternoons is still widely observed. Yemen remains a country of great mystery and in recent years it has attracted the curiosity of a growing number of the more adventurous tourists

Published 2nd October 2008 by Dewi Lewis Publishing. ISBN Number 978-1-904587-65-1

8.54 (+ 2.40 pp) (from Amazon)

Dancing on the Heads of Snakes
By V. Clark

Yemen is the dark horse of the Middle East. Every so often it enters the headlines for one alarming reason or another-links with al-Qaeda, kidnapped Westerners, explosive population growth-then sinks into obscurity again. But, as Victoria Clark argues in this riveting book, we ignore Yemen at our peril. The poorest state in the Arab world, it is still dominated by its tribal makeup and has become a perfect breeding ground for insurgent and terrorist movements. Clark returns to the country where she was born to discover a perilously fragile state that deserves more of our understanding and attention. On a series of visits to Yemen between 2004 and 2009, she meets politicians, influential tribesmen, oil workers and jihadists as well as ordinary Yemenis. Untangling Yemen's history before examining the country's role in both al-Qaeda and the wider jihadist movement today, Clark presents a lively, clear, and up-to-date account of a little-known state whose chronic instability is increasingly engaging the general reader.

Published 5th March 2010 by Yale University Press. ISBN Number 987-0-300-11701-1

12.78 (+2.99 pp) from Amazon (Note: cheaper used copies available)

Kernow Monthly meetings at The Borough Arms, Bodmin. PL31 2RD 11:00hrs.
Exeter Meetings bi-monthly - check website for details.
Southwest Includes Bournemouth, West Dorset, North Devon & Plymouth Groups.

Newsletter (Feb 19 - May 19)

If these notes have whet your appetite, then please look further at the National Web Site for details of membership, or contact one of the following officers of the Gloucestershire Branch..

Rick Rutter Chairman 07756 259796
John Page Vice Chairman 01453 833426
Michael Compton Secretary 01452 864467
David Gearing Treasurer 01249 444495
Ian Cooper Webmaster 01242 230412
Jean Stubley Social Secretary 01452 300878

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