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

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  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Alan E Parkinson; 1 edition (January 5, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050I6A2E
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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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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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