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This database contains details of British casualties who were killed or died during the Aden Emergency. Details have been extracted from various war memorials, The Times newspaper, several books, the Aden veterans web site, and the ParaData web site. Although the Emergency covers the period 1963-1967 this database covers the lead up to the Emergency from 1955 until 1967.

The Aden Emergency covered two areas:


The Radfan Mountains are located 60 miles north of Aden. The emirates and sheikhdoms in Aden had accepted British protection since the 1870 Turkish invasion of Yemen and its surrounding territories.

By 1964 the situation had turned for the worse. The new republican government in adjacent Yemen, backed by Egypt's President Nasser, was actively fermenting trouble in the Sultanate of Upper Yafa, which was one of the Western Aden Protectorate states that was refusing to join the Federation of Saudi Arabia.

It became clear that an campaign was being waged against the Federation of Saudi Arabia, mainly by the Yemen and Egyptian-backed Radfan tribesmen. Their main objective was to attempt to close the main road from Aden to Yemen's frontier town of Dhala.

However, the campaign mounted by British personnel, with Federation troops, quickly and effectively defeated the tribesmen.

South Arabia

This campaign is related to the Radfan Campaign, because both were attempts by Egyptian-inspired attempts to end the British presence in Aden and end the embryonic Federation of Saudi Arabia.

The terrorist campaign of 1964-67 was a rival affair between two groups attempting to gain control of the area, and ensure that the British did not retain a military presence after the planned independence of the Federation of Saudi Arabia; this was planned for no later that 1968.

This 3 year long campaign saw numerous terrorist attacks on both civilian and military targets. In both Rafan and Aden, the British Army suffered 90 personnel killed and 510 wounded.

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16 August, 2013

This database has been researched as much as possible but there probably still anomalies and we would be grateful of any information to try and achieve a 100% accuracy aim.

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