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About this book

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2014
Tricorn Books
978-1-909660-29-8 [ISBN]

The Happy Warrior: from Leeds United to Burma

Eric Stephenson’s story is told as much as possible in his own words, and those of his contemporaries, using letters, press reports, recollections of people who knew him, and regimental records.


In his short life Eric travelled from a working class home in east London to the war-torn jungles and mountains of Burma. As a young man he played for Leeds United FC, achieving national success in his beloved football, and eventually playing for England. He enlisted in 1939 and after a year in the ranks he trained at Sandhurst, then was deployed in Burma where he fought in Wingate’s gruelling campaigns as an officer with theSecond Gurkha Rifles.


All through his life he was loved and admired by family, friends and colleagues, staying true to his ideals of sportsmanship, fair play and commitment to serving others. His merry temperament was remembered long after his death on a hill in the Arakan, and his story is told here by his eldest daughter, Jan Rippin.


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Please send cheque for £12.50 (9.50 + p&p) payable to J. Rippin to:


Jan Rippin -  71 Southdown Road, Bath, BA2 1HL


Including your address and she will post by return.

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