National service

National service was a period of time individuals worked for the government, often in the military. This was a common practice for British youth during the mid-20th century, but ended by 1960. (AUDIO: 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men)

Norton Folgate did his national service at the Joint Services School for Linguists. (AUDIO: Eye of the Storm)

Ian Chesterton spent his national service in various locations in the 1950s. He began as a private in the British Army. (PROSE: The Time Travellers) He served the first part of his national service in Wales. (PROSE: The Eleventh Tiger) He later joined the Royal Air Force, serving the remainder of his national service in Malay. (PROSE: The Face of the Enemy) He also served in Cyprus for a time. (AUDIO: Domain of the Voord)

Julian St Stephen served several months in the Greek Islands as part of his national service. (AUDIO: Artificial Intelligence)

Edward Greyhaven had learned marksmanship in his national service, and still practised it from time to time. (PROSE: The Dying Days)

Jonah Summerfield I was called up for national service, beginning a tradition in the Summerfield family of joining the military. (PROSE: Dead Romance)

Fitz Kreiner dodged his national service. (PROSE: The Taint)

In London in 1970, there were people who said the government should bring back national service. (PROSE: Dead Romance)