January 06, 2004

Tartan Tough

Here's the obit for Ben Coutts, a highlander who died in December at 87.

Severely injured at Tobruk, his hospital ship was bombed. After a year in hospital in Egypt, he was sent home on the liner Laconia. He survived the torpedoeing of that ship (in which 2000 died). After 5 days on a liferaft, he was taken onboard a Vichy French ship and interned at Casablanca.

Later, while being transferred to France, the French ship he was then on was itself torpedoed. Luckily, that ship had strayed into an Allied armada who saved him and sent him to England.

Coutts went on to have his face rebuilt, became a radio broadcaster, wrote 5 books, married twice and got an MBE.

The Scotsman further notes that Coutts managed to escape from the Laconia onto a raft with two bottles of Johnnie Walker from the ship's bar.

Now, that's a highlander.

Posted by campbell at January 6, 2004 11:50 PM | TrackBack

Bloody Hell, now that's an impressive bit of luck.

I'm not quite sure of whether it's good luck or bad luck, but that's a different story...

Posted by: Paul Jané at January 7, 2004 02:46 AM

I was at Ben Coutts Remembrance Service today. The
Church was packed. He was a remarkable person and will be sorely missed.

Posted by: david muir at January 13, 2004 04:11 PM