'Stand By Your Beds'
by Michael King
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Text: 92 pages .
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Most young men in the late 1940s and 1950s had to leave their
families and jobs at the age of 17 or 18 to undertake two years
National Service, being thrust together into a strange environment
with people from many varied backgrounds.
As the author writes in his Preface to the book:
'I am writing a book about my National Service experiences, because
I think that for many people of my age, National Service was
an unique experience. In the 1950s, people did not travel nearly
as much as they do now and a journey to the West Country or the
North was quite an adventure.
National Service gave me the chance to see and enjoy the lovely
countryside of Wiltshire and Dorset. It gave the National Servicemen
who were posted abroad a chance to see something of the world.
It also gave young men the opportunity to meet people from all
parts of Great Britain and from all walks of life.
In most of the barrack rooms that I was in at various times,
there was a great spirit of comradeship and one friendship that
I made during National Service has lasted to this day.
I met a wide range of interesting people some of whom I have
written about at length.
I do not think that many National Servicemen can say that they
looked up to their Drill Sergeant and Corporal, but I did and
although I have not seen either of them since my Training Centre
days, I still think of them both with respect. They were both
natural leaders of men even at their young age. They were strict
but scrupulously fair.'
This book will make fascinating reading to all those who went
through the rigours of National Service, bringing back many memories
of those times.