Down mem­ory lane

Campbeltown Courier - - LETTERS - Ge­orge Prior in the desert dur­ing his time in the 7th Ar­moured Di­vi­sion dur­ing World War Two. 50_c34prior06

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.

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