He moved to the Middle East to join the Sultan of Oman’s Armed Forces as a company commander in Dhofar in 1968/9 at the age of 21, before returning to the RLI as a training officer, rising to staff officer in army headquarters.
In May 1977, Major Nigel Henson took command of the Support Commando engaged in Fire-Force operations, most of which he commanded from the air and involved parachuting into Mozambique and Zambia.
In early 1980, Henson, along with other officers and soldiers, was decorated at Army Headquarters Salisbury after the Commonwealth Monitoring Force had arrived.
Now retired, Nigel lives in Gauteng. He relishes his fly-fishing, his love of fine whiskeys, and the occasional poor game of golf.
‘‘… Major Henson has acted as the airborne controller and has been subjected to considerable ground fire from the enemy. In spite of this, Major Henson’s tactical handling of his troops on the ground, and his determined leadership have been of the highest order…’’
Excerpt from Citation for ”Order of the Legion of Merit: Military” (OLM) awarded at Special Awards Ceremony: April 1980