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David Taylor



Copyright Jean Gill 2011

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This book was narrated to Jean Gill by David Taylor, whose true story this is. Sole copyright granted to Jean Gill by David Taylor (her uncle).


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For my children

and their children


Before the war


In our house there was a photo of Dad in his Black Watch uniform, complete with kilt and sporran. At the beginning of the First World War, he joined the Black Watch as a private soldier and did his basic training in Catterick but, before he could be sent to France, they recalled all teachers because they were needed at home.

There was a special deal for teachers to go back to University when they were demobbed and another special deal which said that teachers could take a thing called Article 39, which would be recognised as equivalent to a B.Sc, so Dad took this. He was a Headmaster by the time it was our turn, my brother and mine, to go into uniform.

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