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St Kilda Diary

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A Record of the Early Re-occupation of St Kilda

by David Boddington

Captain David Boddington, RAMC, was Medical Officer on St Kilda from 1958, when the Army first took over the base as a functioning unit of the Royal Artillery Guided Weapons Range on the remote island group. He was simultaneously Rations Officer, Meteorological Officer, Postmaster and Barber! And he had a passion for ornithology and natural history, doubling up as warden for the Nature Conservancy and representative of the National Trust for Scotland. During his first year on St Kilda, David kept a diary of his multi-dimensional day to day activities as the base became established. This book publishes extracts from his diary for the first time - a compelling first-hand account of life lived to the full at a momentous time in the post-evacuation history of St Kilda.


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