'Tommy Atkins' and the Mau Mau Revolt; COMMENT DEBATE & YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES
| SIR - In October 1953 I attended a medical in Swansea as part of my call-up for National Service.
After 12 weeks' basic and trade training in Aldershot, I was sent to Kenya, where I was based in GHQ on the outskirts of Nairobi.
About three weeks after my arrival, I took part in Operation Anvil which broke the back of the Mau Mau, depriving them of their urban support and driving the gangs into the forests.
Myself and others were to take part in a number of operations after that, stumbling across a gang on only one occasion.
I served in Kenya for nearly 20 months. On demob back in the UK, I had to start all over again in trying to find a job and acquire some qualifications. About a year later a small cardboard package arrived, no note attached, it was my African General Service medal with the clasp "Kenya".
I do not wish to bore people with these details but I am very disappointed when academics and others who were not even born at the time, pontificate about events of nearly 60 years ago. We were disciplined, uniformed troops who were subject to Queen's Regulations and Military Law. …