This story is about a man who was born at a time in our countries history that would see him raised in poverty and suffer hardships that would be unthinkable to anyone living in modern times. This is not a unique story it is more a typical example of a generation of British people that through sheer determination and courage pressed on with life through unimaginable adversity. Sam Rafferty was one of these people.
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Stuart Brownsword 'Ginger'BEST OF FRIENDS
Before he made his first combat jump he made many good friends in the army, one in particular was a young man named Stuart Brownsword whose nickname was Ginger due to the colour of his hair.
Ginger was a man of many talents; he had a baritone singing voice and was one of the boxers for the battalion. The latter is where Sam and Gingers friendship began. In order to toughen up the men the regiment introduced what was known as the ‘Milling’. Each man was given a number and then stood in a circle. The Sergeant would call out a number for a man to enter the centre of the circle. He would then call out another number which meant the man already in the circle did not know where the attack was coming from so you had to be ready. A fight between the two men would then take place until one was beaten into submission. This very rarely happened as neither man would want to give up. This attitude was a quality the parachute regiment was looking for. As brutal as this seemed at the time, Sam said it was to prove an essential part of survival for a paratrooper. Sam fought Ginger in the milling and despite this and a busted nose to show for it he and Ginger became the very best of friends.