A Gordon For Me

One Man's Experience of National Service

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A Gordon For Me An honest and brave account of National Service in the 1950s. Brian Robertson spares no detail in hi.. Product #: 9781901514469 based on 0 reviews Regular price: $25.00 $25.00

A Gordon For Me by Brian Robertson

A Gordon For Me is an entertaining and compelling story of one man’s experiences of the Armed Forces, and the true nature of international conflict. 60 years ago, Brian Roberston left his family farm to undergo two years of National Service.

From Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee to Cyprus, Brian experienced much, much more than the average farm-hand ever would. What starts off as an exploration of the ecclectic nature of the army, takes an unexpected twist down the obediance, ruthlessness, and brutality of training and war.

This book is not a celebration of war.

In the words of one pre-publication review:

“A Gordon for Me is a fascinating portrait of the realities of National Service and has many resonances for both the past it describes, and for current day situations and realities. It will help older readers reengage with some of the issues around National Service and British colonialism, and will give subsequent generations of all ages an insight into a area of the recent past they might not be familiar with. Robertson has a warm and engaging style that brings his adventures to life.”

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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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