Since WWII there have been a number of minor wars where the warriors turned up. Philip Mann was one of those warriors.
Philip is on the right in this picture taken of us at school. This was in 1968. He was the one of the 3 of us (James Heaton is in the centre) who went on to join the regular army and joined his father's regiment. But he was not a peacetime soldier.
The Dhofar campaign was one of those brutal little wars that Britain has often faught.
Philip was killed in action on April 13th of 1975. He had just had his 25th birthday. His position was being overun and he had to call in fire on top of it. Prior to this final action he won the highest award possible in Oman. Here is the citation.
I think today of his father Reverend Michael Mann and his sister Elizabeth.