A Gordon For Me

One Man's Experience of National Service

Introducing A Gordon For Me

The Gordon Highlanders

Brian's latest book, "A Gordon For Me", about the Gordon Highlanders in Cyprus in 1955 and 1956 will soon be available.

Read about the action of the First Battalion during 1955 and 56 from the point of view of a private soldier. Learn how politics caused the waste of 371 British lives during the conflict including sixteen of our own. Many of those killed were National Servicemen. This book is dedicated to those sixteen young Gordon Highlanders who did not come home. Those are the men that Brian remembers at any memorial ceremony. They would all have been 80 years plus today. 

Ringwood Publishing

An honest and brave account of National Service in the 1950’s. Brian spares no detail in his story, from simple farmer’s son to a Gordon Highlander.

60 years ago Brian Robertson left his family farm to undergo two years of National Service. From Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee, Copenhagen to Cyprus, Brian experienced much, much more than the average farm-hand ever would. What starts off as an exploration of the eclectic nature of the army, takes a dark twist down the obedience, ruthlessness, and brutality of training and conflict. This book is not a celebration of war.

Review

 
National Serviceman in Cyprus

The book is an excellent read, giving an account of the author’s earlier years before being called up for National Service and then finding himself in Cyprus – a whole different world for a 19 year old. I was able to relate to some of the places mentioned, such as Aberdeen Camp (Xeros), and others, having visited these areas while doing my own research. It seems the Gordon Highlanders in fact introduced the name Aberdeen Camp. It was interesting to note that Brian had said there were many of the servicemen who really had no idea why they were in Cyprus and what was going on and they just carried out their duties because they were ordered to do so. In later years Brian thought a lot about the situation in Cyprus all those years before and has been able to glean a lot more information of what was actually happening. This is also included in his book and like many others, the experience made him a lot more worldly-wise and probably helped him to understand many things that may have come across his path, as he grew older, from a different perspective. There are certain accounts of happenings in Cyprus by British servicemen, which surprised me, although I had heard of some accounts from other sources and was not sure at the time of their authenticity. Brian’s book is dedicated to the 16 Gordon Highlanders who lost their lives in Cyprus, 13 in a forest fire in the Troodos Mountains, where 8 servicemen from other regiments also lost their lives. For those who are interested in military history and in particular British servicemen in Cyprus in the 1950s, you will definitely like reading this book which can be obtained from Ringwood Publishing online shop, Waterstones online and is also available from Amazon, Booksource and Bokus.

Margaret Shread
Cyprus
25 Nov 2017
Cyprus Scene

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