About the Author
Mick had befriended a gull as a child when he was laid up with a badly cut foot on the island of Gigha. The injury might well have denied him a career in the British Royal Navy. Then came the war and he enlisted. The scar on his foot was ignored. In 1944, having completed the training for a commission in the RNVR, he was transferred to the Indian Army and served with the Gurkhas until Indian independence in 1947. Transfer between armed forces was unheard of, in wartime, but thirteen did so when Burma was rapidly consuming personnel and the navy was overstaffed after the Normandy landings. He gained a B.Sc. in agriculture at Edinburgh University and returned to Gigha to farm with horses and Ayrshire cows. He became a development officer with the Scottish Education Department after teaching farming in the Borders Region of Scotland. His task was to rationalise the land based subjects both in content and assessment. Retirement on the island of Islay provided every opportunity to indulge his childhood pursuits, that of watching nature, photographing the birds, flowers, otters, deer and seals. This produced the book "I'll Tell You About Harry". He found time to write his account of the war as he had seen it and included in "The Signaller Wren" are the letters from a loyal wren he had met in the navy and a great number of photographs and illustrations. Other books are to follow soon.