About the Book
Albert Lewis was a Constable in the Royal Ulster Constabulary between the late 1970s and late 1990s.
His police career covered some of the most traumatic events of the Northern Irish troubles and he was an eye witness to the events of the 1981 Hunger Strike civil unrest.
This book is a personal memoir of an ordinary man who was involved in extraordinary events. It also covers the details of every day policing.
Mixing humourous anecdotes alongside hair-raising incidents and moving tragic events, it will stand as a valuable social document of late 20th century Northern Ireland.
Albert Lewis was born in Co. Londonderry in 1938. After attending the Rainey Endowed School in Magherafelt and Coleraine Technical College he served an apprenticeship in the motor trade. In 1960 he joined the Merchant Navy as an Engineer Officer and travelled extensively to the Far East and North America. Subsequently he worked as a Refrigeration Engineer in Belfast and Manchester. In 1979 he joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary having previously been a part time Reserve Constable 1971 - 73. He was involved in the civil unrest surrounding the Hunger Strikes in 1981. He was also an Army Liason Officer. He retired 1998.