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An Ordinary Signalman free pdf John Raymond Dawson joined the Royal Navy in Leeds, his home town, in December 1940 aged 19 with his best friend Norman Brooks. He served until early 1946, which was when he wrote up his "diary" setting out his experiences during the war. His son promised him in 1985 that one day he would write this up for publication. John agreed but only if this was after his death. Sadly this came too soon in the following year when he was aged just 64. In 1999, letters John had written during the War to his elder sister Eileen were found in her attic when she was moving. This provided more valuable material to work on. He has written 'An Ordinary Signalman' since he retired in 2006. Being a signalman in the Navy led John to see parts of the world he would not otherwise have seen. He saw danger even in his training at Devonport from severe German bombing in the week of his arrival. He visited the USA and Canada before a relatively quiet time based in Scotland on HMS Forth, a submarine depot ship. John had to swim for his life in January 1944 when, after being involved at Minturno and Anzio, HMS Spartan was sunk. He and most survivors then joined one of the most famous ships of the Second World War, the light cruiser HMS Aurora. He saw action at the invasion of the South of France at Toulon, at the liberation of Greek islands and Greece itself, before playing a lot of cricket in Malta. The diary and letters provide an insight into the adventures of a young man from Leeds, progressing from Ordinary Signalman to Yeoman of Signals, seeing action from the bridge in his signalman's role. They also provide an insight into the effects on him being far from home and what was a very close family, with his strong beliefs and views often expressed.

About J. Dawson

John W Dawson was born in Leeds on 7 Septembner 1947 to John Raymond and Mollie Dawson. He has a sister, Pat, born exactly eleven months later on 7 August 1948. He now lives in Skipton, North Yorkshire with his wife, Caroline, who has two daughters, Heather and Jilly and a new grandson, Theo. Educated at Leeds Grammar School and University and qualifying as a Solicitor in 1972, John lectured in Law at Leeds Polytechnic until 1987 during which time he served on the National Executive of the Association of Polytechnic Teachers, including two years as National Chairman. John was always interested in politics. He fought as a Conservative in local elections in Leeds and two Parliamentary elections, in East Leeds against Denis Healey in October 1974 and Keighley in May 1979 when he lost by just 78 votes after a recount. He did eventually win an election in Keighley to West Yorkshire County Council at a by-election in October 1980 but lost the seat in May 1981. John's father did not live to see John get what he would have called "a proper job". In 1987 John joined Skipton Building Society as an in-house solicitor, subsequently becoming Assistant Secretary and then Secretary and General Manager - a position held from March 1993 till his early retirement in September 2006. That was when he began working on 'An Ordinary Signalman' as he promised his father he would.

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Author : J. Dawson
Publisher : Melrose Books
Data Published : 01 October 2008
ISBN : 1906561044
EAN : 9781906561048
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 300 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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  • An Ordinary Signalman free pdfAn Ordinary Signalman

    . John Raymond Dawson joined the Royal Navy in Leeds, his home town, in December 1940 aged 19 with his best friend Norman Brooks. He served until early 1946, which was when he wrote up his "diary" set