22 SAS Cunningham, Anthony (Scouse)

The Red Circle
By Brandon Webb
Element of Surprise
By Darryl Young

John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
Cunningham
  • FORENAME
Anthony (Scouse)
  • UNIT
D Squadron
  • RANK
Trooper
  • NUMBER
22233626
  • AWARD
Military Medal
  • PLACE
Oman 1958-59
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 30.10.1927, Liverpool, UK
parent unit Lancashire Fusiliers
 

CITATION:

Military Medal : On the 2nd December, 1958, Trooper CUNNINGHAM was manning the bren gun of a patrol protecting a position, seized two days previously on the Aqbat al Dhafar. When the patrol was attacked by forty rebels using light machine guns. CUNNINGHAM displayed great courage. His accurate and steady fire inflicted casualties upon the enemy and denied success to them.

On the night of the 27th December Trooper CUNNINGHAM took part in a raid on the main rebel position. Once again he displayed marked courage when he stood up despite accurate enemy small arms fire and fired at very close range right into an enemy picquet position with devastating effect.

The steadiness under fire and devotion to duty of Trooper CUNNINGHAM has provided a fine example to the younger members of the troop.

OTHER RECOMMENDATION TEXT:
2nd December and 27/(28th) December, 1958. Trooper Cunningham was manning a bren gun of an OP patrol protecting the main position, which was 8,000 feet above sea level and had just been seized two days previously. The patrol was attacked by 40 rebels using LMGs. During the ensuing action he displayed exceptional coolness and his accurate and steady covering fire not only inflicted casualties on the enemy but made them change their plan.

On the night 27/28th December Trooper Cunningham took part in a raid on the main rebel position. Once again he displayed exceptional qualities when he stood up despite accurate enemy small arms fire and fired at very close range right into an enemy picquet position with devastating effect. The steadiness under fire and devotion to duty of this trooper has provided a magnificent example to the younger members of the troop.

WEB LINKS:

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D7399699
Last edited by a moderator:
Dear Sir, would you be able to tell me how long my uncle Anthony (Tony) Cunningham (Scouce) served in the SAS please. His brother and my farther are now deceased and I would be grateful for any information regarding my uncle.
Kind regards
Jeffrey Cunningham
 
13/2/2024
My name is Dave Finnegan, my Mum was Tony's older sister. As you may know, Tony lived at Wadham Road in Bootle with his 8 brothers and 5 sisters. My sister and I met Tony numerous times when he was home from the army . We were only about 7 and my sister 5 the last time we met him but he was always nice to us. I don't know about his army days ,except the above, but he did give me an arab headress that he said he had worn in action . Cheers Dave Finnegan
 
Top