“Sam, you know what scares me? I miss it. For six years they trained me to be the best killer I could be, and I was. I was one of the best. A natural. And now I want out. I want to be an English teacher. I want to write sonnets and study Eliot again. But no-one gave me a compass back to civvy street when I handed back my crowns. So what do I do now, Sam? What do I do?”

Kilmarnock Scotland, 5th January 1912

Thick dark hair, brown eyes; Strongly built like father. Height 6’

Kilmarnock Academy 1923-1929

Glasgow University 1929-1933
MA Honours German & French

Mother: Agnes, living in Bonnyton, Kilmarnock. 1882-

Father: Matthew (Matt)
Coalminer; died of combination of Mustard Gas and Black Lung 1880-1930

Police Service
Joined Glasgow Constabulary 1933
Promoted Sergeant 1937
Promoted Detective Sergeant 1938

Army Career
Sergeant, Seaforth Highlanders: 1940 51st Highland Division British Expeditionary Force; escaped capture at St Valery en Caux
1st lieutenant, Seaforths: 1942 North Africa Campaigns
2nd lieutenant, Seaforths: 1943 Sicily landings; wounded, evacuated to England
Captain: 1944 Normandy landings
Battlefield promotion to Major: 1944 France & Germany
Special assignment: Interrogation of senior Nazis 1945 May to November. Demobbed.

Africa Star, Italy Star, France & Germany Star, Military Cross

Post War
Reporter, Glasgow Gazette 1946-