Airborne Engineers Association

Roll of Honour



David (Shug) Denbury MM, QGM


Ken (Geordie) Small

David (Shug) Denbury (2nd April 1964 - 21st February 1991) MM, QGM.

Born near Newport, South Wales, David first joined the Army as a Royal Engineer serving with 9 Parachute Squadron before passing selection and joining the SAS in 1989.

During the First Gulf War he was deployed as a motor cycle outrider with A Sqn, doing forward reconnaissance hunting for Scud missile launchers, when they came across an Iraqi convoy. The Iraqis saw them and took off with the SAS patrol pursuing them. The outriders forced the convoy to stop. The SAS troopers engaged the Iraqis in a firefight and the outriders got caught in the crossfire. One outrider was wounded and Corporal Denbury died. For his courage he was posthumously awarded the Military Medal.

You can find more information on Shug via the following link:

They shall grow not old
as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them
nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them



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