David Stirling

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Person.png David Stirling  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(soldier, spook)
Born15 November 1915
Lecropt, Perthshire, Scotland
Died4 November 1990 (Age 74)
United Kingdom
Founder ofSpecial Air Service
Member ofClermont Set

Major David Stirling founded the SAS. "If there hadn’t been a global war for survival taking place, Major David Stirling is the type of British Officer who would have been thrown out of the army, if not court-martialed."[1]

Political Involvement

Alan Hoe's (1992) biography featured short chapters on Stirling's role in GB75 and TRUEMID (The Movement for True Industrial Democracy), Stirling's "battles with the trades unions" apart from his allies such as Reg Prentice and Frank Chapple.

The author (and indeed Stirling) deliberately confuses "the left" with those attempting the overthrow of the government. Stirling's people were not that happy with the government either and according to Hoe's account Stirling offered "conduits into Whitehall, Scotland yard and the security services" to TRUEMID, which published the upper classes, in the shape of James Goldsmith instructing the lower classes "Towards an Open and Classless Society", a title not without its parallels to the communism they opposed.[2]


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  1. https://www.warhistoryonline.com/world-war-ii/david-stirling-british-sas.html
  2. David Stirling, The Authorised Biography of the Creator of the SAS, by Alan Hoe, Warne Books, p455.