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Get In Get Out and Get Away - Memoirs of a National Serviceman [Kindle Edition]

Alan E Parkinson
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Get In Get Out and Get Away. This may sound strange but not for your uncles, brothers, fathers or grandads. They knew from an early age that one day they would be called up to do their two years National Service.

I am sure the countless millions of ex-National Servicemen will have many things in common in these memoirs, hopefully they are happy ones.
I was born in a small terraced house on Walney Island, Barrow-in-Furness, England in 1938. In that era, the toilet was outside and the bath which was made of tin was kept in the backyard and brought into the house when needed.

Whilst growing up, the cloud above one's head of having to do National Service got closer and closer. I knew older lads who were getting called up on a regular basis. I was twenty one years old and had just finished my apprenticeship in 1960 when it was my turn. This was the last year of National Servicemen being called up for the services.

I served my two years National Service in the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment reporting to Fulwood Barracks, Preston. For ten weeks, the drill instructors shaped the platoon from a rag tag outfit to smart soldiers. From Fulwood the platoon was sent to Barnard Castle, County Durham and later to the British Cameroons, West Africa for ten months. The regiment was chosen to keep the peace and oversee a vote on the Cameroons future. There was a terrorist organisation on the French border that was intent on disrupting the process and the memoirs include numerous encounters and an eventful raid on a terrorist camp.

This true story is mixed with amusing anecdotes of growing up in post War Britain through the swinging sixties. I was given an eye opener in life then and I am sure when you read my detailed account, you will agree, and also see the parallels to the modern day operations undertaken by the American, British and United Nations military.

It is all history now but it has been a privilege on behalf of my fellow countrymen to put it all down on paper.
We all had one thing in common, that was to Get In Get Out and Get Away.

Product Details

  • File Size: 347 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Alan E Parkinson; 1 edition (January 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050I6A2E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,237 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brought back many memories... June 3, 2014
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Having been in the British Army in southern Nigeria during the same period, I could very much relate to the author's experiences. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style and would recommend this book to anyone interested in finding out what Africa was really like prior to decolonization. I have to tell you though, Alan, I wore a red beret... : ) Ian Murray
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4.0 out of 5 stars Duty done October 10, 2012
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Alan Parkinson was born in 1938 and grew up in wartime and postwar England. He left school at the age of 15 and became an apprentice fitter at Vickers shipbuilding works. In 1960, upon completion of his apprenticeship, the Ministry of Defence called Parkinson up for National Service and he became a member of the Kings Own Royal Border Regiment, where he remained for his two-year term.

The Kings Own Royal Border Regiment trained him in the arts of a soldier, deployed him with the rest of the Regiment to British Cameroon in Africa, brought him back home, demobilized him and returned him to civilian life.

This is his story, told in his own words--in his own voice.

Alan Parkinson has written a history book. It is not a polished tome, but a living book in the voice of a man who left school early. We can fault it for its punctuation (and I surely did want to add a bunch of commas in various places), we can fault it for certain grammatical and stylistic shortcomings, but we cannot fault it for its voice. Its voice is true and it depicts young men in an environment that most today would not recognize, living, playing, growing and, at times, suffering.

More than that, it is a memorial to the men that Alan Parkinson knew. Parkinson possesses a very good memory and he bears witness to the men who worked, played and suffered along side of him. Arnie Marquis' sense of humour will live on due to this book, as will the names of Lt. Olsen, Les Lowther and others.

Parkinson's book says: "We lived, accomplished things, did things we were proud of and some, with reflection, of which we are not so proud. Here is our story."

Get In Get Out and Get Away accompanied me on a red-eye flight from Vancouver to Toronto and kept me occupied for much of that time.
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