Harry did you have a good luck charm called SOOTY.-------Lol.
Strangely enough, I was never called 'Sooty'. Although I was called 'H' as in Harry H Corbett. This will be lost on anyone below a certain age or outside UK! A certain former army-friend used to phone me and ALWAYS ask for 'H' - even though my name is Steve or Stephen... As a matter of interest, many of my former friends who have contributed to my new book - as yet unfinished, have insisted that I use their nick-names rather than their proper first-names. Because their nick-names were the names they were always known by!
Books published to date... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack - Andersonstown'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.