Hello - I’ve hit a brick wall on my grandfather - have researched him for 2 years, National Archives, SAS curator, FOI etc... done all the standard things! Probably easier if I copy paste my summary to date which is supported by documents and first hand statements. I’ve left out the stories! Sgt. Tony O’Brien 1 SAS, 8th Army, Middle Eastern Command Of British East African descent, he enlisted initially in the Kenya Regiment in 1937. He then served in the Kings African Rifles where he received his commission, serving in Nyasaland and Abyssinia. After a “wild party” in a bar in Addis-Ababa he received a field court-martial for an altercation where he supposedly shot and killed another man. Family connections saw him released from military prison in Nairobi as his father was adjutant to the Governor of Kenya. Of his own accord he hitched a lift on an RAF Baltimore Bomber to Cairo. He re-enlisted then with 1 SAS, 8th Army, Middle-Eastern Command as a Sergeant where he saw service in the North Africa Campaign,namely Libya. He was eventually captured behind enemy lines when caught up in an Italian retreat, sentenced to execution for being SAS, other prisoners with him from the RAF helped fabricate a story that he was with them when they were shot down. From that day on he spent his time under the illusion as an air force member and as a PoW transported through Italy to Poland and finally Germany. Spending time in PoW camps run by the Luftwaffe. Stalag Luft III, Stalag Luft VI, Stalag Luft I and Stalag Luft 357. He had leading involvement in the famous “Tally-Ho”escape committee and also tunnel construction in all camps, notably Stalag Luft III in 1943, the same camp as “The Great Escape”. His name is mentioned several times in the book “Stalag Luft III - An Official History of the Great Escape PoW Camp”. His liberation report in 1945 details his involvement in the escape committee, tunnel construction and an altercation in Stalag Luft I where he was charged for “not shaving” and reduced in rank, where in reality it was because he would not sit idle and continued to organise escapes, much to the disapproval of the senior British officers who wished for an easy life with the Luftwaffe in Stalag Luft I until the end of the war. Post war, we suspect he was liberated back to Great Britain and interviewed by MI9, he then returned to Nairobi, where he married in 1946 and moved to Uganda. He farmed coffee until 1948 near Entebbe, his farm house was burnt down by locals after he ploughed up their ancient grave sites. Spending time thereafter in Kenya and Tanzania as a “White Hunter”. His post-war life has been described as “a mix of fun, farming, polo, professional hunting. His organisational skills were his forte. He was well known in Kenya. Alwaysimpeccably dressed and demanding high standards. He died young.” - Col. Jonny O’Brien (retired). **Highly decorated veteran – Military Medal, Africa Star, Italian Star, 1939-1945 Star, Efficiency Medal – there are about 5 more but cannot determine from the pictures and we don’t have them unfortunately.