SAS founder member, Reg Seekings, during his distinguished
hero’s medals for sale
14 September 2006
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wartime work was top-secret and nobody back home in Stuntney was
aware of the extraordinary exploits of Reg Seekings with the fledgling
Special Air Service in the North African desert, Italy and at
the D-Day landings in Normandy.
memories of a founder member of the SAS - one of the heroes to
emerge from the ranks of the elite corps and the first Allied
serviceman through the gates of Belsen concentration camp - are
revived with the sale of his group of 11 Second World War medals.
Reginald "Reg" Seekings, born in Stuntney in 1920, went
from farm-hand at 14 to squadron sergeant-major in one of the
world's toughest Regiments, and earned a raft of honours before
his death in 1999.
sale at a London auction house on Friday, September 22, includes
his Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal. Together with
nine others, including those won in Zimbabwe many years later,
they are estimated to fetch up to £30,000.
joining the Cambridgeshire Regiment (Territorials) at 18, Seekings,
an excellent boxer who won numerous contests all over East Anglia,
saw action in the Middle East in 1940 before being one of the
first to volunteer for Lieutenant Colonel David Stirling's new
Special Air Service.
being parachuted into the Egyptian desert, Seekings risked death
almost daily, taking part in daring raids on enemy airfields,
destroying numerous aircraft and acting as his commanding officer's
DCM citation in the London Gazette of November 1942 said he had
"taken an important part in 10 raids. He has himself destroyed
over 15 aircraft and by virtue of his accuracy with a tommy-gun
at night, and through complete disregard for his personal safety,
he has killed at least ten of the enemy. He particularly distinguished
himself on the raid at Benina in June, 1942."
the Normandy Landings Seekings was among the first to parachute
in. He was hit by a bullet in the back of his neck, which narrowly
missed his spine.
was the first soldier of the Allied Forces to step over the threshold
of the Belsen concentration camp.
his return to Cambridgeshire, Seekings became landlord of the
Rifleman Arms in Ely before he and his wife moved to what was
then southern Rhodesia in the 1950s to take up farming.
was here, as an inspector of Marlborough Police Field Reserve,
that he helped establish the Police Anti-Terrorist Unit in the
1960s. He died in 1999.
medals are being sold as part of the collection of Ron Penhall,
who acquired them from Seekings himself. Included in the lot are
service documents and photographs.