A British Armed Forces veteran’s memories of National Service 60 years ago will be at the heart of an innovative UK-wide new heritage project. 

Galvin Carville, 85, is one of 18 former servicemen included in a National Lottery-funded project called National Service Remembered.

It has been 60 years since National Service ended in the UK and the campaign, run by the not-for-profit organisation Same but Different, captures an important period of the country’s cultural history through the eyes of the men who served.  

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Galvin, who was first conscripted in 1954 while living in Slough, said: “I had a very good National Service. 

“People should realise it's important because no country with a regular army has ever won a world war. It's all about the volunteers and draftees.

“I was 18 when I was called up and served from March 1954 to March 1956. 

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“I went for training first and then they sent me to a radar station in Peterhead, in Scotland, and I stayed there until I came out. 

“It was lovely – I saw a part of Scotland and used to do exercise with the Americans. It was good fun, and I enjoyed it because I enjoyed the work.

"Time went very fast for me, anyway, very fast.”

Now Galvin has five grandchildren - and fond memories of a vanished era.