Hugh’s website


In the 1960’s in the last days of the British Empire there was an outpost of the British Army where one could play at being Beau Geste -- in The Trucial Oman Scouts.  Today, 40 years on, it is the highly prosperous and  politically stable country called The United Arab Emirates.  This website shows what life was like back then and the fun we had as members of the Signals Squadron.  We provided the only 24/7, 365 days a year telecommunications network that linked all the Trucial States to each other and to the outside world.  This was before modern satellite and fibre optic communication systems shrank the world.  Indeed the first telecoms satellite, Telstar, was only launched in 1962.  And fibre optics were still an experimental play thing in the laboratory.

A book of our experiences is now published and is available from Amazon Kindle and Apple iBooks called “ARE YOU THE MAN?-- Life in the Trucial Oman Scouts”

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Hugh Nicklin


My adventures in the Trucial Oman Scouts


Hugh Nicklin was born in India to missionary parents. He joined the Royal Signals aged 17 and served from 1961 to 1970.  A 40 year international career in computers and telecoms followed.  He worked for Apple, Tektronix, BT, Vodafone and Hitachi amongst others. He holds an MSc degree in Data Communication Systems from Brunel University.    He now lives in Cornwall.