Drew; I'm sorry but, I've followed this entire thread with mixed feelings. Poor guy's hardly in a position to 'escape and evade' such probing. But, one has to pretty much accept that inscription as a public admission of his day job. Sooooo ..... Go to the General Register Office next. Here: Registration Services - Certificate Ordering Service Feed them what they ask. I.e, that his death was registered, J-S, 1982. Exeter. Ref 5B. Page 0975. Pay them their £7.00 and they'll send ye a copy of the guys Death Certificate. That'll tell ye exactly what he died of. When and where. Who was there to witness the death. What his usual address was. What his occupation was. It'll also state where and when he was born. but, that'll be according to the 'Witness' and so can't be taken as gospel. It's quite possibly only what they perceive from memories of what ever Ron' told them. Indeed, pretty much all the 'personal' stuff featured on a Death Certificate is what that Witness says. Thus his occupation could state " Soldier " or " Army ". Of course, someone might have proudly blurted out; " He was in the S.A.S! ". But that, again, doesn't prove shit. It's just what He told Them. I don't know. I trust you, Drew. But I still ask myself; 'Why the dogged interest? Does it matter? ~ outside his family who, one assumes, paid for the stone. And 'The Regiment', who would know and remember anyway. Mixed feelings.