In Conversation – Brigadier Anthony (Tony) Ling CBE


Ten days before his eighteenth Birthday Tony Ling walked into Nottingham Recruiting Office and joined the British Army. After basic training, with a national service platoon of midland miners, Tony Ling was sent to RMA Sandhurst and in 1960 he was commissioned into the Queens Royal Surrey Regiment.


After service in Hong Kong and Germany, Ling was posted to Borneo during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation.  His platoon was under ‘operational control’ of HQ SAS Far-East, working closely with SAS soldiers. Impressed with their professionalism and the self-discipline, Ling applied and was selected for SAS service in early 1969.

For the next twenty years Tony Ling served in many posts in the SAS commanding at every level, including ‘B’ Squadron and 21 SAS Regiment (V).  He served in Dhofar, Africa and Northern Ireland.  He was Mentioned in Dispatches Twice in Northern Ireland and received the MBE, OBE and CBE over his career.

Tony Ling finished his service as Deputy Director Special Forces and Commander of the British Army Training and Advisory Team in Namibia, before leaving in 1991 to start his second career with BP.


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