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Douglas Brodie

“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?”

Born

Kilmarnock Scotland

25th January 1912

Description

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


Education

Kilmarnock Academy

Glasgow University

MA Honours German & French


1923-1929

1929-1933

Parents

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

Promoted Sergeant

Promoted Detective Sergeant

1933

1937

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

Decorations

Africa Star; Italy Star; France & Germany Star

Military Cross

Post War

Reporter, Glasgow Gazette

1946-