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They Should Bring Back National Service. You are Joking? (Paperback)
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They Should Bring Back National Service. You are Joking? (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 11/10/2013
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Carl Leckey is the youngest of three children. He grew up in wartime Britain on Merseyside and loved the excitement of having prisoners of war in the area. His time as a kid was spent collecting shrapnel after the air raids and clambering around the shipwrecks on the shore of the Mersey. One of his favourite places was his grandfather's allotment where his old World War One army comrades and a few aged sailors would meet in and around the garden shed to share a drink and a smoke. They would reminisce and talk through the horrors of what they had experienced. If a boy kept quiet, he could hear all sorts of things to fire the imagination. The old veteran's reminiscences instigated Carl's first books in a trilogy. Angels of Mons. Angel on my Shoulder. Angelique. Carl served on the Mersey tugs for 15 years with a break for two years' National Service from the age of 19 to 21. On returning to the tugs he rose to the rank of Mate, before being made redundant at the age of 30 in 1968 when the company was taken over. He then worked as a Leading Lock Keeper for British Waterways in Cheshire for 28 years until ill-health brought premature retirement when he wrote a best seller for canal and river lovers Tales of the cut. He was a Union Steward Convenor, and Worker Representative on the Company Pension Fund Management Committee. In 1985 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study Ports and Harbour Services on the Mississippi and Yangtze Rivers in the USA and China. In 1995 he was awarded an MBE for services to British Waterways. 2012 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art. Carl's two children their spouses and his four grand children live in New Zealand. It was during a visit to that country he was inspired to write his books for children. The very, very, last Moa. Pop up and Go! Badger sett! His latest book with the very long title of. They should bring back National Service. You are joking? Is based on his two years compulsory service in the army and the characters he served with.

Publisher: Countyvise Ltd
ISBN: 9780992607005
Dimensions: 210 x 148 x 20 mm

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