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My Life My War - Chapter 1

Chapter 1 An Escape from My Old Life A4112371 Chapter 2a May 1935, The Birth of a New Life A4112452 Chapter...

My Life My War - Chapter 2a

I had already stated that the squad as a whole had decided that we could no longer put up with the...

My Life My War - Chapter 2b

As time passed by, the various members of the squad had sorted themselves out with their obvious likes and...

My Life My War - Chapter 3a

Our instructor called us to attention and addressed us in a very low tone, “In one minute from now...

My Life My War - Chapter 3b

Starting at the smaller four inch anti aircraft gun and its ammunition we progressed to the six-inch breech...

My Life My War - Chapter 4

As each of the three main sea ports had certain units of the Fleet allocated to them, it would mean that in...

My Life My War - Chapter 5a

In one state of emergency, I was a gun captain and breech worker on a starboard six-inch gun, in another I...

My Life My War - Chapter 5b

The next morning was a catastrophe, my good friend feeling the urge to go in the middle of the night, no...

My Life My War - Chapter 6

Going back to gunnery, we, the Marines, manned only one of the four turrets and Seamen manned the other...

My Life My War - Chapter 7a

All boats were hoisted inboard, all booms and ladders were recovered and secured, cable parties took their...

My Life My War - Chapter 7b

Ruth had made plans to visit all her relations in turn and she would hold my hand and say, “This is...

My Life My War - Chapter 8a

In this harbour sheltered a full flotilla of the latest class of German warships i.e. ten Destroyers, which...

My Life My War - Chapter 8b

Two of our ships, HMS Malaya and HMS Royal Sovereign were really old ships that did not have the speed of...

My Life My War - Chapter 9a

The Italians were now standing firm, we, and HMS Valiant,and HMS Barham, the Monitor HMS Terror, three...

My Life My War - Chapter 9b

The Searchlights hit them fair and square The guns crews took their time, The crossed wires on their gun...

My Life My War - Chapter 10a

It was a heartening sound as the four inch anti aircraft guns on the deck above us carried out their...

My Life My War - Chapter 10b

Arriving at Jardine Steps in Singapore Harbour, a sergeant in the Military Police took me in tow and...

My Life My War - Chapter 11a

Jack Hylton my buddy from Bremerton was still with us, and together we went ashore on our first liberty......

My Life My War - Chapter 11b

Our ‘Reward’ for this small service, was to retain our official police arm bands, to be served...

My Life My War - Chapter 12a

Gradually, the sounds faded into the distance as we slowly entered the main channel and made our way...

My Life My War - Chapter 12b

But then they saw our colours The yellow, green, red and blue, “We're not racing the Foc'sle...

My Life My War - Chapter 12c

On the 17th of July the Warspite received orders that in company with HMS Valiant, they were to bombard to...

My Life My War - Chapter 13a

So the Warspite entered the harbour And bombarded the enemy tanks, We plastered the heights and North of...

My Life My War - Chapter 13b

Next door was the Admiralty building and at five minutes past midnight, the beach, which was out of bounds...

My Life My War - Chapter 13c

It was also part of the patrol's duty to work in conjunction with the local police and to walk around...

My Life My War - Chapter 13d

On the special parade for the forgotten fleet, held in Portsmouth, all spick and span and standing with the...

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