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Postscript by David Kilpatrick


Tis book was originally published in 1991, three years aſter we arrived in Kelso, and printed just over the road by Ray Dibbern’s Kelso Graphics. We worked with Ray’s son Clive then, and for many years, until the printing works closed in 2013.


Tom Kilpatrick gave many copies of the original paperback book to friends and they crop up even now on Amazon as a collectible war memoire. However, they are hard to find and an electronic PDF version seemed a sensible idea. On what would have been Margaret’s 105th birthday in 2017 I decided to recover the original document files which were fully readable thanks to the continuity of Macintosh computers and Aldus/Adobe soſtware. Tis is the result.


Our father died peacefully in his sleep on December 18th 1995 at the age of 83, aſter voluntarily returning home from hospital in Sheffield. On one of my early website pages I wrote this:


“Tomas Sheldon Kilpatrick was, at the height of his career, second in command of the entire nationalized British Steel industry as Director of Operations of BSC. He was a World War II bomber pilot, surviving to be a prisoner of war aſter his Halifax was shot down over Germany; as the son of a Glasgow shipyard worker, he had won his way to a scholarship at Oxford, where he first learned to fly. In retirement he served as a Government advisor and on the board or as chairman of private companies, and was awarded the CBE, the honour one step below a Knighthood.”


Tom was born on October 22nd 1912 and our mother Margaret (Alice as a child, and Maggie to Tom) on March 16th 1912.


Margaret passed away at the age of 99 on February 26th 2011 at the Lady Nuffield Nursing Home in her home city, and extended family hub, of Oxford, not quite making her century. Te memorial on her grave in the cemetery at Summertown records both of them, as father was cremated in Sheffield. It carries this legend:


Town and Gown under Margaret’s name, dates and place of birth Together for 56 Years


under Tom’s similar details recording the start of his life’s journey at Wishaw in North Lanarkshire.


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