When I was 12, a cousin of mine returned home to Birkenhead from India, where he had served in the Army from 1924 until 1932. During his first stroll around the town since leaving, he told me that at times he thought he’d lost his way because so many familiar sights from his boyhood had […]
I was about nine years old when we heard the distress flares boom and, for the first time, my father let us run to the cliff top to see the lifeboat being launched. We put on our big coats, grabbed our torches and ran out of the door. It was a dark winter’s night, and […]
During 1941 our cruiser HMS Hermione achieved four convoy runs through to Malta from Gibraltar, as well as a number of ‘club runs’ with carriers for the purpose of keeping the beleaguered island supplied with aircraft. It therefore came as something as a shock to be torpedoed and sunk on our first attempt to get […]
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