James Gorrie- Army Veteran

James ‘Jim’ Gorrie (now 91-years old) left school to work at the London, Midland and Scottish Railways as a Signal Boy, until at the age of 18 he was conscripted to the 1st Battalion of Seaforth Highlanders.

Leaving his family, childhood sweetheart and job behind he travelled to the Commonwealth country of Malaya which had been liberated from Japanese occupation two years earlier. Jim and his comrades protected the valuable rubber plantations. However, just as the end of his mandatory two years was approaching the order came from above that “demob” had been delayed for six months. Jim was not fazed in the slightest by the delay. He said: “I was young, I thought it was a fantastic adventure”.

Jim and his fellow Highlanders worked along with Cameronians, Scots Guards and Royal Engineers to protect the people of Malaya by quelling unrest and keeping the peace. Six months later, demobbed, he returned to civilian life in his hometown of Glasgow, his family, job, and most importantly the girl who had waited for him, Muriel.

Jim said: “We met at primary school and were married at 20 for 62 very happy years. We had a wonderful life together and a lovely family”.

Jim cannot speak highly enough of the staff who look after him in The Erskine Home: “They are unbelievable. I feel very safe here and there is always someone around when I need help. It is a home from home, and as my home was very special and important to me, this is high praise indeed.”

Although recently confined to a wheelchair after a bad fall, Jim has been able to continue his recovery as a result of the dedicated physiotherapy treatment and care he receives in Erskine.

We at Erskine were delighted to receive an incredible gift of £150,000 from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity in 2019, towards the provision of care and support services for Army beneficiaries living in our homes. Approximately 57% of all Erskine residents are Army beneficiaries. This wonderful contribution has undoubtedly enabled us to transform the lives of residents from the British Army family, whom we are trusted and honoured to care for.