Wartime experiences in Inverurie featured in new book

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A BRAND new book charting one man’s experiences during World War Two features the authors experiences in and around Inverurie in the early years of the conflict.

“The Quiet Gunner At War” is based on a manuscript by Richmond Gorle, which has been edited by his son Peter and has been released by Pen ans Sword Books.

Part of Mr Gorle’s story recounts the time he helped to re-build the 51st Highland Division, following the original Division’s surrender following their gallant rearguard action at Dunkirk.

Mr Gorle was a professional soldier stationed in India, when he was recalled to help reform the Division in the North east, and there is a chapter dedicated to this time when he carried out training in and around Inverurie.

Mr Gores son Peter told the Herald, “At the beginning of World War Two my father was posted to Inverurie to help re-build the 51st Highland Division after the Dunkirk disaster. My sister and I, aged three and four, came too with my mother. We stayed with a family called Watts on a farm called Birkenburn in Keith.

“They were very kind to us and I remember their children well, Hamish, Margaret, Percy and Iain.”

“I feel the book should be of interest to your readers, there is a good index of names and places, and there is a whole chapter on the training period around Inverurie, followed by a detailed account of the North Africa campaign.”