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Chippy Goes to the Gambia

Chippy had the looks of a dashing 1940s film star, part of a family of five handsome brothers. Four were to become army sergeants during World War Two, one in Special Forces. Chippy, his real name Archie, had been a tearaway youngster. Brought up in a poor household in Fife on the east coast of Scotland, the war provided him with a perfect escape to adventure. However, at the same time he found love at home, and was married only weeks before being shipped overseas to disease-ridden West Africa to join the Royal West African Frontier Force. Subjected to tropical diseases, hardships and personal tragedies, he later returned to his beloved wife a matured and changed person. Always independent and with a fiery temper, he was also a kind and friendly man, who was much loved in the local Fife community and admired for his many different facets.
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The book, with its many black and white photographs, is like a mini-exhibition showing every aspect of 'Chippy's' day-to-day life as a soldier. [It is not] about heroism in the front-line but rather how non-combat rank and file soldiers supported the British war effort. Chippy modestly and stoically played his part in full. ' Military Illustrated, No. 247, December 2008

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