Now finished ‘your book’ a few days ago Brian. It is a stunner! A real ‘Jocks’ read. Easy to read and understand with great detail, laughs and true sadness. Some of the names and events I am conversant with and the pictures jumped out at me. I will pass on my thoughts to anyone who will listen in the hope they will get the same thrill and enjoyment that I have. A huge well done and a even bigger thank you for your efforts and sharing it with us all. I thank you and stay well Bydander.
A Gordon for me, what an excellent read, really down to earth and I am sure many National Service men who served in Cyprus will be very impressed as it is so authentic and true to the many who served there. It is in my view the best down to earth book ever written, I will keep my copy as a memento.
Enjoying ur book, found this part funny, pure jock banter at its best lol “Jesus, Corporal,” he said to Kevin with a very pained look on his face, “A hope ye can help me. I’ve bin mixinmadoses.” He promptly opened his fly and thumped his huge thick and bloody member onto the table right next to Kevin’s plate. Kevin jumped a mile. “For Christ sake, Jock. What the hell is that?” Turned out it was a raw turkey neck Jock had come across in his kitchen duties. This was the time of the dreaded rabbit disease myxomatosis. Mind you, Jock really had ‘mixed his doses’ in the past which made the situation all the more plausible.
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.