“If it wasn’t for the Red Cross I wouldn’t be here.”
For Amanda Nicholson, the ceremonies to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War on 11 November will be especially poignant.
Her father, James Orr MacAndrew – known as Jo – was one of Britain’s first fighter pilots during World War One.
“My father came from a family of six where all three sons served during the First World War,” Amanda said.
“My father was terribly anxious that the war would end before he had a chance to enlist.”
But Jo did manage to join up in March 1918 after leaving school at the age of 19. This was just five months after his older brother, Colin, was killed in action.