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Tim Ash was born in 1933 and joined the Royal Signals in 1951. He had already served in Germany, Libya, Malta and Egypt before volunteering for the Trucial Oman Scouts. Arriving in the northern Emirates in the early sixties for a supposedly eighteen-month posting, he eventually stayed for twenty-two years.
In 1968 Tim was appointed Desert Intelligence Officer for the Scouts in Ras al Khaimah. There he won the confidence of the mountain tribes and was able to mediate in inter-tribal disputes and gather intelligence leading to the acquisition of guns and ammunition. The award of the M.B.E. in 1971 was the result of Tim’s substantial contribution to the security of a frequently turbulent region.
Following Tim’s subsequent posting to Oman, he often returned to Ras al Khaimah at the personal invitation of the ruler, and subsequently took up military service there, also pursuing his interest in archaeology.
During retirement Tim dedicated much of his spare time to the study of military history. He regularly published articles for the O.M.R.S., the I.M.H.S and Medal News.
He was ever willing to impart his knowledge, and this could not be better exemplified than by his collected edition of his published work, They Gave Us Each A Medal.