Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner … that I became a wargamerPosted: August 11, 2015
Whilst I was training to be a teacher back in the early 1970s, the debate about whether or not nature or nurture was the main driving force behind a child’s success in the education system was in full spate … and I suspect that the jury is still out with regard to which of the two is the most important.
A recent comment by one of my regular blog readers brought this debate back into my mind … and I’ll leave other blog readers to decide if nature or nurture is what turned me into a wargamer.
- I come from a family that has had several members who served in the military.
- My paternal great-uncle served with the Hampshires and was killed during the Gallipoli Campaign.
- My maternal grandfather and my father were both Gunners during World War II and both reached senior NCO rank during their service.
- I was born in the General Lying-In Hospital on Addington Street at one end of Waterloo Station.
- I spent many hours as a young child wandering about the Imperial War Museum, which was located very near to where my maternal grandmother and great grandmother lived.
- I was exposed at an early age to numerous ‘soldiers tales’ from the adults that surrounded me.
- The first toy I can remember being given as a Christmas present was a toy fort with a garrison of soldiers.
This is the evidence … so which was more important in making me a wargamer …
Nature or Nurture?