SAS hero of Iranian embassy siege is now homeless and living in a B&B

Stephen Walter
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A penniless SAS veteran who helped free hostages during the 1980 Iranian embassy siege is living in a B&B because his local council has failed to find him a place to live, he has claimed.

Bob Curry, 64, said he faced being homeless after splitting with his partner and losing his business, and in 2015 he sold his medals for £20,000 to help pay off debts.

Mr Curry, who was one of the first commandos to enter the embassy to free 19 hostages, told The Sun he asked Herefordshire County Council for help and filled in forms for a council house in November, but is still waiting.

Since then he’s been staying on his daughter’s sofa and charities are now helping to fund his temporary accommodation.

The veteran, who also served in the Falklands, told the paper it felt as “if the society I had fought for all my life had turned its back on me”, adding: “If this can happen to me it can happen to any veteran. And it is happening to veterans all over the country.”

Herefordshire County Council said in a statement: “We are continuing to work with the individual to help them secure appropriate housing.”

Bob Curry joined the SAS in 1979 Credit: Bournemouth News & Picture Service
Curry's Northern Ireland and Falkland campaign medals - the troop got no medals for the siege Credit: Bournemouth News & Picture Service/Jan Starnes

Mr Curry joined the Army aged 15 in 1968, and joined the SAS 11 years later in 1979, where he served for six years.

Known to friends as “Backdoor Bob” over his role in the embassy siege rescue, he has told how he stormed the rear of the building while comrades abseiled from the balcony.

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A total of 19 hostages were rescued as pictures were broadcast around the world. One of the hostages died, as did five of the gunmen. 

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