β€œIt was a bad start to a new year. Not that I could say '45 had been much of a year either. Not for me. Or maybe that's being ungrateful. They gave me a medal and said I was a hero, that I nearly died for my country. I don't know; literally I don't know. All I want is a year of my life back. Some days I wake and don't hurt too much and then it doesn't matter. Like a scratch on a record. The needle jumps and I miss a word or a beat. Then I catch up with the song and I'm back with the melody as if nothing has happened.

Other days, bad days, when the ache wakes me and it takes till midday and a big shot of scotch to make it go, it feels like the song will never be right, not with that missing piece, and I can't bear it go on. They've done all they can but I'm left with just the bass line, not knowing if the singer has paused or gone.”

Born
Kilpatrick, Scotland 5 March 1915

Description
Red hair, brown eyes; height 5’ 10”, slim and wiry. Great white scar running from head down to eyebrow

Education
Kilpatrick Secondary 1926-1932

Parents
Mother: Mary 1885

Father: Iain; died in pit disaster 1931 (1884-1931)

Police service
Joined Glasgow Constabulary 1932
Promoted Sergeant 1936
Promoted Detective Sergeant 1939

Army career
Sergeant, Scots Guards 1939: 1942 North Africa campaign; wounded at Tobruk
Captain, Special Operations Executive: 1944 parachured into occupied France to lead resistance group
Betrayed to Gestapo; Dachau concentration camp: 1944-April 1945
Hospitals & psychiatry England: May-December 1945

Post war
Private Detective, London: 1945 -