David Insall who came to Oman in October 1970 and had lived in the country since then, has died in Wales on August 9.
Born in 1939 David was a professional soldier from a family of military professionals, his Father won the Victoria Cross which is Britain’s highest military medal, as a pilot with the Royal Flying Corp (now RAF) over north-west France. Graduating in 1958 from Sandhurst, Britain’s military academy which Sultan Qaboos also attended two years after, David arrived into Muscat in 1970 following Sultan Qaboos’s accession and has worked in Oman since then, initially in the Air Force with responsibility for recruitment and instruction.
David explored much of Oman’s northern mountain range as part of a field study of the Arabian Tahr which very much was ‘his’ animal. He also helped channel social support to the mountain villages and encouraged the development of infrastructure for them. David was instrumental in enabling the restoration of Jabreen Castle and also backed establishing the Nature Reserve around Wadi As Serain to help safeguard the Arabian Tahr.
In the following years David solidified Oman’s academic knowledge through the Journal of Oman Studies and his own academic papers; on Oman’s culture, natural history and archaeology (his Father was also instrumental in the discovery of ‘Woodhenge’ a major pre-historic site in England).
David will be greatly missed by those who knew him.