I was born on Boxing Day 1929, yes I am 73 years old . Born and bred in Glasgow, although I have been living in Bishopbriggs since 1959 (I i am still considered an incomer ). At age 18 I was conscripted into the Army, to Fort George, near Inverness to be more precise . From there I was posted to Trieste in Italy as part of a United Nations Peace-keeping Force , code-name BETFOR ,for British Element Trieste Force. During this service, the jeep I was driving went over a land mine which blew me up along with the vehicle .
As a result I had my leg amputated below the knee, ( this causes people to say 'thats not so bad then ' ). My pelvis was quite badly damaged as well ,making walking a bit difficult .
I married my wife Jean some 49 years ago . We are blessed with a son James aged 43 , and a daughter,Aileen now aged 36 ,who in turn provided us with 2 grand -daughters . Lynsey, age 16 and Mary-Jane age just 8 . I live a full and normal life and have not missed out on anything life has had to offer. Except maybe for failing to fulfil any potential I may have had as a footballer .
In fact for over forty odd years I have a member a member of B.L.E.S.M.A. or British Limbless Ex-Servicemens Association and for over ten years I was on the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of the Limbless Association, as well as being a visiting councellor and adviser to pre and post operative amputees , making home and hospital visits to advise and help fellow amputees wherever I could.
However, 4 years ago ,two heart attacks ,quickly following each other meant I had to slow down a great deal .
Now that I am back in good health I am thinking of taking up the reins once again and maybe putting myself forward for re-election . I have also had a 'swimming ' leg made for myself by my prothesist, which enables me to take as much excercise as I need.
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