Mike Sadler SAS Obituary – Death: Special Air Service Veteran died at age 103, Cause Of Death
Demise of Major Mike Sadler – It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Mike Sadler, who departed unexpectedly on Thursday, January 4, 2023. His departure has left a profound impact on many hearts that were touched by the news of his sudden demise. Those fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him throughout his life will forever cherish the memories of their encounters with this remarkable individual.
On the aforementioned Thursday, in the early hours of the morning, Mike Sadler passed away at the age of 103. His journey began in September 1939 when he enlisted in the Rhodesian Forces, serving as a Gunner in various locations such as Kenya, Italian Somaliland, Abyssinia, Messa, Matruh, and Halfya Pass during his active duty. Transferring to the LRDG in September 1941, he ascended to the position of a top-class navigator before joining the SAS, where he served as David Stirling’s navigator.
Additional Information about Mike Sadler:
Mike Sadler held the distinction of being the sole surviving veteran of the original L Detachment Special Air Service unit. Willis Michael Sadler, also known as Mike, reached the remarkable age of 103. As a renowned navigator who began his service as an NCO in the desert, he climbed through the ranks to become the captain and intelligence officer of the 1st Special Air Service, playing a crucial role as the right hand of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Blair (Paddy) Mayne.
After completing a parachute training course, he underwent intensive pre-D-Day training in England upon his return to the Regiment. In August 1944, he parachuted into the Morvan region in Central France as a member of the 1st Special Air Service (SAS), operating under the leadership of Paddy Mayne.
Throughout his military service, Mike Sadler contributed in various theaters, including the Western Desert, Italy, France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. He was honored with the Medal of Merit in 1942 and the Medal of Honor in 1945. Post-war, he embarked on a thirteen-month research mission to the Antarctic with Paddy Mayne and John Tonkin, both members of the First Special Air Service.
For further details about Mike Sadler’s life and arrangements, his family will release an obituary and information about funeral proceedings.