Vale, Mad Mike
Colonel Thomas Michael “Mad Mike” Hoare, who fought in the British Army in WWII before going on to lead the famous (infamous?) mercenary unit known as 4 Commando under the Katangan flag then 5 Commando in the CNA, among other “Wild Geese” on the Continent during the Cold War.
“It is with a heavy but accepting heart that I announce that my father, Mike Hoare, died in his sleep and with dignity at a care facility in Durban today, 2 February 2020, aged 100 years.
He was an adventurer, soldier, explorer, yachtsman, motorcyclist, safari leader, author, hiker, raconteur, last of breed, and legend. Charming, enigmatic, fearless, proper, and a brilliant leader, ‘Mad Mike’ was an officer and a gentleman – with a bit of brigand thrown in.
But Mike described himself as ‘a genuine adventurer’. He identified with Sir Francis Drake, and liked the idea of going out sailing, and bringing Spanish booty back for the queen who would make you a knight. ‘You were respectable – even though you were a thief,’ he said.
Mike Hoare became world-famous when his ‘Wild Geese’ saved southern Africa from the Reds when they crushed the Simbas in the Congo in 1965. And world infamous when his attempt to overthrow the socialist government of Seychelles failed.
Rest in eternal peace, Colonel. We salute you”