John McAleese Military Person

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John Thomas McAleese, MM (25 April 1949 – 26 August 2011) was a British Army soldier who led an SAS team which assaulted the Iranian embassy in London in May 1980 to end the Iranian Embassy siege. With a distinctive horseshoe moustache, he became known for retelling his story on TV and for taking part in the reality show, SAS: Are You Tough Enough? McAleese was born in Stirling and grew up in Laurieston, Stirlingshire. He joined 59 Independent Commando, Royal Engineers, in 1969, aged 20. He moved to Hereford in 1975 after being accepted by the SAS. He was a lance corporal in 1980, serving in Pagoda Troop, B Squadron, 22 SAS Regiment, when he was famously seen with members of his team - Blue Team - on live television placing an explosive frame-charge on the front first floor balcony of the Iranian Embassy prior to the assault on 5 May 1980. He also served in the Falkland Islands in 1982, and was awarded the Military Medal in 1988 for service in Northern Ireland. He also served as a bodyguard for three British prime ministers. He was honourably discharged from the British Army on 8 February 1992 in the rank of sergeant.

Personal details

Date of birth
April 25th, 1949
United Kingdom
Date of death
August 26th, 2011 at age of 62
Place of death
Cause of death
Myocardial infarction

Military service

Force Unit Rank From To
British Army


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