SAS Different status in Rolls of Honour

TomPC

New Member
Good afternoon all,

Could anyone tell me the difference in status between, for example:

SQMS William John ("Taff") Hughes

and

SSM Malcolm ("Akker") Atkinson

Both were G Sqn, KIA in the Sea King ZA294 crash, Falklands, 19 May 82

However in rolls of honour and the MOD database, Hughes is always stated to be "Welsh Guards, attached SAS" whereas Atkinson is "SAS, parent unit Coldstream Guards" (some argue GG)

So is there a difference in their type of service with the regiment, or is it secrecy, confusion, poor admin...?

Interested in opinions!

Thanks,

Tom

Others reported in the same manner as Sgt Hughes are:

Cpl John Newton - REME, attd SAS
Cpl Edward Thomas ("Ted" or "Wally") WALPOLE - RGJ, attd SAS

Edit: I have read just now that William John ("Paddy") Begley was attached SAS 1978 but fully badged in 1979. Is this the normal process and does it explain the other cases?
 
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galcock

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SSM and SQMS

SSM is rather like an RSM and SQMS is like a quartermaster role. My father was both at different times. Graham
 

Ron Barker

New Member
Good afternoon all,

However in rolls of honour and the MOD database, Hughes is always stated to be "Welsh Guards, attached SAS" whereas Atkinson is "SAS, parent unit Coldstream Guards" (some argue GG)

So is there a difference in their type of service with the regiment, or is it secrecy, confusion, poor admin...?

Yes, there is a difference. A person 'attached' to the Regiment is not in the Regiment. They will not be 'badged'.
 
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