I Was a Soldier (Survival against the odds)

By Necola Hall

Biography & memoir | Paperback, eBook


Jamaican-born Necola Hall served in the British Army for more than nine years, and is a veteran of the Second Gulf War. After being turned down by the Army on two occasions, her dogged tenacity and will to succeed eventually led to her acceptance into the Adjutant General Corps. The recollections of her experiences in the military and of her tour of duty in war-torn Iraq make for an inspiring read. Originally from St Thomas in Jamaica, she emigrated to the United Kingdom in 2002, aged twenty-five, in search of better opportunities and prospects. She tells of the sacrifice of leaving her new husband behind; the emotions of separation, and her joy of being reunited with him in the UK. Necola reflects on the challenges she faced growing up in Jamaica. Her family’s impoverished circumstances meant school attendance was inconsistent, and this was to negatively impact her in adulthood. Despite her setbacks, she always possessed an unflinching determination to succeed in all her endeavours. Her early experiences and the unrelenting challenges of military life would take their toll, however. A miscarriage, illness, depression and being diagnosed as severely dyslexic all led to her self-confidence in tatters and her career in the Army under threat. I Was a Soldier is the story of one woman’s life-changing journey from poverty in Jamaica to triumph over illness, and to the service of Queen and country. Necola Hall was medically discharged from the British Army in 2013. She is a born-again Christian.


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Jamaican-born Necola Hall served in the British Army for more than nine years, and is a veteran of the Second Gulf War. After being turned down by the Army on two occasions, her dogged tenacity and will to succeed eventually led to her acceptance into the Adjutant General Corps. The recollections of her experiences in the military and of her tour of duty in war-torn Iraq make for an inspiring read. Originally from St Thomas in Jamaica, she emigrated to the United Kingdom in 2002, aged twenty-five, in search of better opportunities and prospects. She tells of the sacrifice of leaving her new husband behind; the emotions of separation, and her joy of being reunited with him in the UK. Necola reflects on the challenges she faced growing up in Jamaica. Her family’s impoverished circumsta...


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Necola Hall is a Writer and Inspirational Speaker who is originally from St Thomas, Jamaica. She immigrated to the United Kingdom in 2002, aged 25, in search of better economic opportunities and prospects. Although the weather in the UK was not as warm and exciting as is in Jamaica, she ‘gritted her teeth’ and covered herself warmly in an attempt to take advantage the opportunities that her adopted home country had to offer. Necola enlisted in the British Army in 2003 and served for over nine years as a Clerk in the Adjutant General Corps. She has the experience of a tour of duty during the Second Gulf War in Iraq in 2004. Necola was medically discharged from the Army in 2013, and now enjoys writing about her experiences and is looking forward to publishing her second book in the near future. She is passionate about the importance of early childhood education, especially in her native Jamaica. Necola was diagnosed as being severely dyslexic at the age of 36 and now campaigns for more awareness of the potential negative impact undiagnosed dyslexia may have on young people. She is also a Mental Health Champion with the UK Charity, Time to Change, and speaks on their behalf to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness. Since publishing her first book ‘I Was a Soldier’ (Survival against the odds) Necola has been involved in motivational speaking and has been sharing her inspirational story in schools, church groups and other organizations throughout the UK.


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Necola Hall is a Writer and Inspirational Speaker who is originally from St Thomas, Jamaica. She immigrated to the United Kingdom in 2002, aged 25, in search of better economic opportunities and prospects. Although the weather in the UK was not as warm and exciting as is in Jamaica, she ‘gritted her teeth’ and covered herself warmly in an attempt to take advantage the opportunities that her adop...


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