Jim (Jock) Love
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Why write poetry, Poet?
I was born in Glasgow.
I joined the Army after a brief spell in the City of Glasgow Police.
I volunteered for Parachute training in February of 1974.
After passing P Company and completing my jump training, I joined
'I' Parachute Battery, Bull's Troop, 7th Parachute Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery.
In 1979 I disappeared whilst in BAOR, Germany and joined the French Foreign Legion where I made the rank of Corporal.
Unfortunately, the pay and conditions were not the greatest and I decided to "leave" and rejoin the British Army.
After getting out of France, I hitch-hiked back to Osnabruck in West Germany where my unit was now stationed - walking the last 80 kilometers in a blizzard.
After being tried by Court-Martial (under Section 38 of the Army Act 1955) I served 7 months and 11 days (6 weeks of it in solitary) having earned 3 months and 4 days remission of sentence for good behaviour.
I returned to Aldershot and joined the Parachute contingent of 4th Field Regiment Royal Artillery and was attached initially to B Company of the 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment as a member of the Forward Observation Party (as a signaller directing artillery fire).
I was then transferred to A Company whilst on top of Sussex Mountains in the Falkland Islands in May 1982.
I served on attachment to A Company until June 1982 when we returned to the Battery (29 Corunna 4th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery) and 2 Para sailed home to the UK on the "Norland".
We flew out some weeks later after being roped-in to guard Galtierri and the rest of the prisoners on the "St Edmund" ferry.
I bought myself out of the Army in 1991 for £200 and am now employed by the Ministry of Defence Police Guarding Agency working at the Royal School of Artillery in Wiltshire - just up the road from Stonehenge.
How did you get started writing poetry?
I have been writing short stories and poetry for years...therapy? Who knows? Not me!!!
I have posted in various web sites before - here are two.
Paratrooper's don't die...... they go to Hell and re-group!!!
Examples of poetry.