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The Scottish Cockney

Jack Ransome

Jack’s story begins in 1920 in the London distracts of Peckham, Deptford, and Greenwich, enjoying life as a Cockney Lad in pre-war London, unaware that the years ahead would foster difficult times. 

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ISBN : 9781848974302
Published : 27/04/2015
Pages : 240
Size : 205x140mm
Imprint : Olympia Publishers


Jack Ransome

Jack Ransom, a ninety-three-year-old World War II veteran, lives with his eighty-two-year-old wife, Maddie, in the Ayrshire seaside town of Largs. At the age of ninety he mastered the computer to write the story of his eventful life.

Born in Peckham to working class parents, his youth was spent in Deptford and Greenwich. During the war he was captured by the Japanese at Singapore. After the war, employment and marriage was initially found in Scotland, but life had its difficulties. Recently Jack has given talks to Rotary Clubs, Round Tables, and Church Groups.

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Jack’s story begins in 1920 in the London distracts of Peckham, Deptford, and Greenwich, enjoying life as a Cockney Lad in pre-war London, unaware that the years ahead would foster difficult times ending in a deep love for Scotland.

Pitched into World War II having initially joined the Territorial Army he found himself in 1942 a prisoner of war of the Japanese. Surviving harsh conditions on the Thai-Burma railway, he returns to marry his Scottish sweetheart who had waited for him for four and a half years – hoping all the time he was still alive and would return.

Jack found post-war life not easy; he became a widower twice, and happiness and sadness came in equal portions. Life on the railway still haunted him and after 65 years he returns to the Kwai.

Finally he gets back to Scotland and finds a second Scottish bride, thus bringing happiness for the years to come, and the hope for reaching 100 years of age.

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