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This is one of the books produced by Finial Publishing

'Stand By Your Beds'
by Michael King
ISBN 978-1-900467-43-8.
Softback. 150 x 210mm (approximately)
Text: 92 pages .

£4.99 + £1.00 p&p (UK only)
+ £2.00 p&p for orders outside the UK.

Available by post from:
Mr John Holt
57 Dickens Court
Harold Road
Margate
Kent
CT9 2HN
UK
Telephone 01843 295633

Cheques to be made payable to
'John Holt'.

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.

 

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