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War & Decline

The Second World War

Letter to Cecil Riding's wife


Letter from the renowned Commanding Officer of the SAS, Lt Col. Robert Blair Mayne to Mrs Riding. He is assuring her that Cecil is well and still in France.


Captain Cecil Riding (Jock) grew up near Lockerbie in Dumfriesshire. In 1940 he joined the Coldstream Guards before transferring to the Highland Light Infantry in 1941. In February 1944 Cecil Riding was selected for the newly formed Special Air Service (SAS) and was posted on special duty throughout occupied Western Europe in 1944 and 1945 for which he was awarded the Military Cross.

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