Down memory lane, September 1 2017

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A motor mechanic from Campbeltown who became one of Field Marshal Montgomery’s ‘Desert Rats’ is being remembered by his daughter, as soldiers’ sacrifices are at the forefront of people’s minds.

Betty Cockburn’s father, George Prior, served in the 7th Armoured Division, known as the Desert Rats, during the Second World War.

George travelled across the world during his service, to Cape Town, Mombassa, Freetown, Aden, Suez, Cyprus, Palestine and Aleppo before proceeding to the Western Desert.

Betty, 79, said: ‘One thing I remember him saying about his time in the desert is that when they got their rations, they had to knock the bread to get rid of all the weevils in it before they could eat it.’

To find out more about George’s life, see page 12.

George Prior in the desert during his time in the 7th Armoured Division during World War Two. 50_c34prior06_desert rats