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Rhodesian-born Lieutenant-Colonel Ron Reid Daly joined the army in 1951 when he volunteered to fight, with C (Rhodesia) Squadron of the British SAS, against communist rebels in Malaya.
The colourful commander served with the all-Rhodesian C Squadron 22 of the Special Air Service in counter-insurgency operations in the Federation of Malaya. He became a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1963.
Reid-Daly rose to the rank of regimental sergeant major in the Rhodesian Light Infantry, and was later commissioned and achieved the rank of captain. The soldier’s soldier who formed the famed Selous Scouts worked his way up through the ranks and became a Regimental Sergeant-Major.
In 1973, as a captain, Reid-Daly was persuaded by General Walls, the chief of the Rhodesian Army, to form an elite Special Forces unit that was urgently needed to combat the growing threat posed by nationalist guerrillas. From this meeting the Selous Scouts, an elite Special Forces unit to combat the growing threat posed by communist guerrillas was formed.
Drawing on his Malayan experiences Reid Daly built up a skilled and highly professional regiment from scratch. It performed magnificently in the field but its unorthodox methods won him few friends in the regular army. Reid-Daly had several brushes with the Rhodesian authorities.
In 1979, rumours surfaced in Salisbury that the Scouts were poaching ivory along the Zambezi valley. These rumours were never proved, and the colonel, as a well-known conservationist, dismissed the allegations as ridiculous.
In the process of defending himself against them, Reid-Daly verbally attacked Major General John Hickman. For this, he was charged with insubordination and sentenced to a reprimand. Disgusted, he resigned as the commander of the Scouts in August but continued to fight a legal battle against the judgement, proclaiming his innocence even after Rhodesia transformed into Zimbabwe Rhodesia, and only stopped doing so after he was forced to flee to South Africa in 1982.
In South Africa, Reid-Daly became commander of the Transkei Defence Force, and he was subsequently the leader of the private security firm Security Services Transkei. For the final decade of his life, he lived near Cape Town. In his retirement, he authored several books on his wartime experiences.
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