This is not a military text book. Military histories of battles deal with military units and the way their generals manoeuvred them. They do not usually tell readers what the individual soldier saw, or did. I have not depended on the help of any person in my story, it is entirely composed of what I saw and how I felt during my service in World War II serving with H.M. Coldstream Guards.
I have had no experience in the writing of war books or any articles of war. My book is about my comrades in arms who fought by my side. All the details may not be fully acurate. Dates may not be exactly right as regards the various actions or battles but they are as I remember them from my experiences. If any reader sees it differently, I can truly say that this was how it looked to me.
I would like to pay tribute to the Regiments who I had the honour to serve along side during the duration of the war, especially to the Brigade of Guards, Land Adriatic and the Long Range Desert Group.
North Africa - Operation Torch
Crossing of the Garigliano
Road to Rome
Battle for Mount Picolo & Mount Grande
I was awarded six medals on my return to civilian life.
African Star (With clasp)
War Medal 1939-45
Battle of Britain Star
Defence Madal (London Defence)
I am proud to have served with the Coldstream Guards. They were formed in 1650 by General Monk at Coldstream in Scotland and was King James main body guard in London. The motto is "Nulli Secondus" which means "Second To None", the inscription on our badge, which is the Star & Garter Cross, is "Honi Soit Qui Maly Pence" which means, "Evil to him who evil thinks". Our present Colonel-in-Chief is Her Majesty, Queen Elizebeth. The Guards Regiments Colours are trooped every year on 6th June the Queens Birthday, on Horse Guards Parade, London. Since the war I have attended 29 of these parades, as a spectator as we get invitations through our Association.
I hope you have found my experiences interesting.
To those who did not return
God Rest Their Souls