I published George Tavener's Memories of World War Two in 2011, with some help from my prep school pal, Mark Emmerson. The latter has many books available on Blurb.com and presented one of them to HM the Queen on her recent visit to Bermuda.
George left school at fourteen, having been raised by his mother in the workhouse. I wish I could produce prose as easy to read and understand as this book. I recommend it to you and believe you will not be disappointed.
It simply tells the story of a young Englishman who willingly served King and Country in the Royal Navy during the Second World War 1939-1945. His journey took him from the workhouse to the Home Guard, the Merchant Marine, Combined Operations in the Royal Navy and eventually to the liberation of our Eastern Empire from the Japanese at Singapore. He served on the "Big Ships" in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, but the love of his life was Landing Craft Infantry (Large) 299, where he was Leading Stoker/Mechanic and manned an Oerlikon gun in action against the enemy.
Demobbed in 1949 after over six years at sea, he was awarded the Burma and Atlantic Stars. He has never forgotten the brave men who served with him, but did not survive the War. His love of life and boats still shines as brightly today as it did during "his" war. For some years in the recent past he had his own boat moored at Maldon in Essex. He often took passengers to sea on fishing trips and also went to France with friends on their boats. Typically of the man, he decided to learn French to help his fellow voyagers enjoy the experience more!
I wrote "Memories of World War Two" in 2011. I left school at fourteen, having been raised by my mother in the workhouse. I have just finished the sequel which descibes my life after the war and fills in some details about my early life. The other book is about a wonderful journey made in 2002 through the French and Belgian Canals with my friends Tony and Esther aboard “Duet of Arne”, their 8 metre Catalac Catamaran. From Maldon in Essex we crossed the Channel and motored though the canals across France and into Belgium. Many incidents befell us along the way, some dangerous some amusing. RDK
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Memories of World War Two The Sequel 1949-2012 by George F Tavener ex leading Stoker Mechanic R.N. Published September 23, 2012
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