Christie Boy

BY CHRIS FRASER

 

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From his birth in a railway cottage in Lairg, in the last months of the Great War, to his time as a Manager with David MacBrayne Ltd, in Fort William, Chris Fraser takes us on a tour of a Highland way of life now long gone.

In Sutherland, Grantown on Spey and Kyle of Lochalsh, his was a railway childhood filled with runaway trains, de-railed steam engines, frisky heifers, and strict Sabbath observance.

As a young man, making his way in MacBrayne’s, we meet the skippers and crewmen, characters who, between the wars, made the company a by-word.

And, with the Seaforths, Argylls, and Commandos, and from Arran to Cairo, we glimpse the confusion, frustration, but most of all pride, of a Highland soldier’s war.


Chris Fraser in 1994


Chris Fraser in 1938