troops had been in Egypt since
1882 and in 1914 the country became a British Protectorate until it was
independence in 1922 with Britain being allowed to keep a military
there. In 1936 an Anglo-Egyptian treaty
was signed which agreed that the British Military should remain in the
but be concentrated in the Suez Canal Zone area with the Zone
in British hands for another 20 years, to finally withdrawing
completely by July
I wonder where the others have gone?
From 16th October 1951 to 19th October 1954 the troops were on an ‘Active Service’ situation, it was a dangerous time and many lives were lost through organised terrorist attacks on military camps, vehicle convoys, sniping, abductions, murder and sabotage etc. It is estimated that around 70% of the British Armed Forces stationed in the Canal Zone during this Emergency period were Conscripts completing their National Service and were not trained in anti-terrorist fighting. For years it was called by many as ‘The Forgotten War fought by a Forgotten Army’ but in July 2003 the British government decide that after a long campaign by Suez Veterans and their many supporters, those who had served in the Canal Zone from 16th October 1951 to 19th October 1954 were to be awarded the General Service Medal or the Naval General Service Medal with ‘Canal Zone’ clasp, 50 years after the event.Because of incomplete, lost and inaccurate records it is doubtful if we will ever know the exact number of British and Commonwealth personnel who lost their lives during that Emergency period. What has been shown by much research is that the number is at least 300.