Lt-Col Ron Reid-Daly died Tuesday at his home in Simonstown, South Africa after a three-day coma.
An SAS commando unit veteran during the Malaya campaign of World War Two, he went on to lead the Rhodesian Light Infantry before his first retirement from military service in 1973.
He came out of retirement in the mid 1970s with an appointment at the rank of major, initially to take charge of a newly stood-up combat tracker course, going on to take command of the Selous Scouts Regiment.
While most of his more famous exploits of modern military history took place as commander of that regiment, he later went on to command the entire Transkei Defence Force during the late 1980s.
—Army Rumour Service