Two of what you’ve been drinking!He is genuine, We first met on unit pre-Para then went through P Coy and No 1 PTS together. That was Aug-Dec 1970 - 50 years ago. Geordie worked hard on P Coy. He was pulled off the stretcher down Brecon; that was usually an automatic P Coy fail. But he passed; the PS spotted his determination and attitude.
A year later he was attached to 2 PARA for its tour in Belfast. Geordie was on the ground during Op DEMETRIUS (internment) and present at the Ballymurphy Incident. He transferred from RAMC to Para Regt and was quickly promoted to Cpl. He pulled a good grade and high position on Junior Brecon. A couple of years later he passed SAS Selection. Whilst in Dhofar he learnt that SF were to be given a role beyond his moral compass and PVR’d.
He thinks the British Tommy is the top and has great respect for SAS and Para Regt Toms. But not many officers impressed him.
Geordie spoke as he saw things and he was a man of principle. He had firm beliefs and a sensitivity for his ‘class’. Had he been around, Geordie would have been a Jarrow Marcher.
He is not a Walt. If I ever meet up with him again I’ll take beer and whiskey with him and I’ll respect (though not necessarily agree) his principles and honesty (despite his occasionally flawed memory).