A memoir by local resident Ian McGill ‘Every Day is Different’ is available from a local publisher via the link Every Day Is Different by Ian McGill | Riverside Publishing Solutions or as an e-book on Kindle via Amazon Every Day is Different eBook: McGill, Ian: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store.
An excerpt from a review in the Salisbury Journal (dated 14th January) describes it as "very readable, following his life from a farm in Southern Rhodesia / Zimbabwe through a career as a Royal Engineer. His description of his four tours in Northern Ireland shed light on the difficulties, dangers and moral dilemma of service in the province. Ian earned his Commando green beret and coveted parachutist’s red beret and subsequent appointments saw him in Kuwait after the first Gulf War, before becoming deeply involved with the engineer support to the British forces on the UN mission in Bosnia and later posted to Sarajevo in the multinational HQ, again dealing with the aftermath of the conflict.”
Another review posted on line describes the book as “an enjoyable read for anyone with an interest in the military, in engineering, in twentieth-century politics and history, or in leadership.” All proceeds from the book will be donated to Blesma, the Limbless Veterans.
Ian’s earlier publication “Four Brothers in Arms”, is a remarkable account about his father’s and three uncles’ experiences before, during and after WW2, based on the letters they wrote to each other and to their parents, marooned in Jersey under German occupation. Originally published in November 2011 by Melrose Books, a second edition was published in July 2017 and a third edition was published by New Generation Publishing in 2019.
The book is available on Kindle via Amazon, or as a paperback through Waterstones. All proceeds are donated to the Gurkha Welfare Trust.
Ian also has copies of “Four Brothers in Arms” available at Old Sarum View should anyone prefer a signed copy.