John Stirling was introduced to the club by Past President Trevor Meakin who knew John from his membership of the Officers Mess at Pitreavie Maritime HQ. John had been invited to speak to the club about his experiences in the 1st Gulf War. He gave the club 2 talks each of 40 minutes, fortunately these were several weeks apart.
Wing Commander Stirling’s time as an RAF Intelligence officer evading capture in Kuwait by the forces of Saddam Hussain, and the subsequent sell out into captivity by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office sounds like the plot for a future novel. The capture and killing of his Kuwaiti friends who hid him and his family was particularly sad, after John and his cohort of serving forces were told to surrender.As prestige prisoners John and his military friends were well looked after with a view to their future use as collateral in media stunts by Saddam. As we heard more recently in Part 3 of the story Irene and her sons had a more difficult treatment in their repatriation to allied forces. Here it seems the FCO did pull off a coup by fudging passport information to allow John’s sons to be treated as minors and escape imprisonment by Saddam. John later joined the club in 1996.
more Roseann became the fourth non Rotarian recognised by the club
more Awarded at the club AGM on 24th May 2022
more Greig Hill was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship at the club meeting on 30 June 2020
more Alan Farquharson was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship at the club meeting on 30 June 2020
more Sandy Paton was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship
at the club meeting on 22 October 2019
more Past President was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in June 2010.
more Robin Grant was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship
at the club's 40th Charter Dinner in June 2019
more June 2016
more June 2016
more "‹Alastair Durkie was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship at the 2015 Charter Dinner
more Past President Ian Grieve is made a Paul Harris Fellow
more Andrew Gillies is made a Paul Harris Fellow
more Ian Borland was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship at the Charter Dinner in 2006
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