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Hero of the FleetTwo World Wars, One Extraordinary Life - The Memoirs of Cent By William Stone

Hero of the Fleet by William Stone

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William Stone died on Saturday, 9 January 2009 aged 108. He received a hero's funeral. Born in rural Devon, he joined the navy during the First World War, travelled the globe just before the British Empire's light began to fade and saw action in some of the most significant sea battles of the Second World War. This title presents his story.

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Hero of the Fleet: Two World Wars, One Extraordinary Life - The Memoirs of Centenarian William Stone by William Stone

William Stone died on Saturday, 10 January 2009 aged 108. He received a hero's funeral. Born in rural Devon, he joined the navy during the First World War, travelled the globe just before the British Empire's light began to fade and saw action in some of the most significant sea battles of the Second World War. Afterwards, he returned to Devon to run a barber's shop, an altogether more peaceable existence. As time passed, he became one of a dwindling number of men who had served in the Great War. This meant that for some of the most momentous anniversaries occurring recently, including the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War, William was a guest of honour. His life bridged two wars and encompassed the remarkable episodes and adventures that fell to a British sailor of the era. Just one among many, he played his part diligently and with distinction to help win the Second World War. He would be haunted for the rest of life at what he witnessed on the devastated beaches at Dunkirk, as the Royal Navy fought off Hitler's Luftwaffe to save the British Army. Memories of being torpedoed by German U-Boats, and enduring the hardships of the Russian convoys amid the sudden enemy attacks from the sea and air, as well as the Baltic winter would also take their toll on his character. His roll of honour from service in the Second World War is one few can not comment on without admiration and pride. It was an ordinary life lived in extraordinary times, and he witnessed many of the significant events of his era. He died at a time when the navy is attempting to embrace new ships that bear scant resemblance to those that William knew so well and face the challenges of a world that shrinks with every bold technological advance. His was a different kind of boldness. This is his astonishing story.

Hero of the Fleet Reviews

"Part of Bill's appeal is that he represented a lost world, when Britain really did rule the waves. This charming book goes a long way to bringing that world back to life" Daily Express "[Stone's] memoirs immortalise the astonishing story of 'an ordinary man living in extraordinary times'" Legion "Fascinating ... an extraordinary look at a life that spanned three centuries" News of the World

About William Stone

William Stone was born on 23 September 1900 in Devon. He was the last man to have served in both the Great War and the Second World War. Up until his death in 2009, he made countless public appearances to pass on his memories and wisdom and teach new generations the realities of sacrifice, duty and war. He died a national hero.

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GOR011185614
9781845965082
1845965086
Hero of the Fleet: Two World Wars, One Extraordinary Life - The Memoirs of Centenarian William Stone by William Stone
Used - Like New
Hardback
Transworld Publishers Ltd
2009-10-01
256
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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