Recall the Truth – Fear the Perception
356 Easter Road Leith is the birthplace of Craig Erskine. He had migrated to Australia as a young man and now returns at the age of 70. Standing in front of the building, he recalls his close call with death there as a child. Also he had witnessed the unbelievable attempt to have Nazism resurface in Europe within 5 years of the end of the Second World War. Pain stabs at his heart as he remembers the betrayal that took place within his family.
Alenti Pawloswski, a Polish soldier returns from the war after contributing to the Allied victory, but finds little gratitude and certainly no assistance to repatriate and join British society.
It was a violent incident outside Number 356 that introduced these two men to each other and saw the beginning of a mysterious relationship. The story weaves its way from the German invasion of Poland to D Day and perhaps the biggest battle of them all, Truth versus Perception.
About the Author
Stanley McGill Thomson was born at 356 Easter Road Leith in Scotland where he lived for the first two years of life with parents Bill and Janet and beloved brother David. His father was a Congregational minister and among Stan’s earliest memories was sitting on a windy hill outside the Scalloway Church, on the Shetland Islands.The family moved to Cumnock then to Dunfermline from where they emigrated to South Australia in 1958.
Education was at Salisbury North and King’s College in South Australia. He left school at Wentworth in NSW to commence a career within the PMG (now Australia Post)
For several years he and his first wife Pamela ran the General Store in Hepburn Springs Victoria where they had moved from Melbourne with their sons Christopher and Paul. It was from there that he made his foray into Radio at stations such as 3CV, 5PI (Port Pirie) 5SE (Mt.Gambier) and then to a 30 year career with the ABC proudly based in the South East of South Australia but broadcasting regularly interstate and nationally. Carole and Stan joined their lives in 1988 and they lovingly share 6 children, enjoy many grandchildren and are proud of being great grandparents. Stan is an ardent supporter of the Arts and was a long serving Trustee of Country Arts SA and board member of the Riddoch Art Gallery in Mt. Gambier.