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Jim (Jock) Love

E-mail Address: gisajl@ntlworld.com
Please include the word 'POETRY' in the subject line of any email you send.

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.

  1. Adrenaline
  2. A Friend ?
  3. Baby's got Blue Eyes
  4. Bluff Cove
  5. First Light
  6. Je Touché Moi
  7. Jihad
  8. Left a Bit And Left a Bit
  9. Most Attacks Were At Night
  10. One More
  1. PTSD
  2. Spiders
  3. Sp's
  4. Real Women
  6. The Bay
  7. The British Empire
  8. The Road To "KANDAHAR"
  9. The Tree
  10. What I Miss Most
  11. When I Go

Who are the Scots?

Robert Adam
(1728 - 1792)
An architect who created many terraces and public buildings in Edinburgh along with many developments in the Georgian style in London.

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