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War stress drove me into shed for 15 years

'It was my bubble'

A DAD who fought in the Gulf War was so traumatised he hid in his windowless
shed for 15 years.

Vince Davidson, 49, moved into it in 1999 as wife Fiona and their two kids
continued in the family home.

He told of his hell yesterday after finally emerging thanks to one of his

She introduced him to Facebook so he could connect with fellow veterans
suffering Gulf War Syndrome.


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Vince, now back in the house in Coldstream, Berwickshire, confessed: “The shed
was like my bubble.

“Everybody dealt with the symptoms in different ways. My way, unfortunately,
was being in the shed in darkness. My wife would bring food. It was 10ft by
10ft with a couple of benches and no windows.”

He turned hermit, abandoning Fiona and daughters Mhari and Leah, after
fighting with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers against Iraq tyrant Saddam
Hussein’s forces.

Vince, who would sometimes have friends round to the shed, told how he was
haunted by the deaths of comrades, some through illness and suicide.

He has now set up his own Facebook page — Veterans Helping Veterans for the
South East of Scotland. Vince said: “I now feel a bit more normal.”