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  • A. B. McLeod

    (Anne) Byrne McLeod obtained her doctorate in naval history from the University of Exeter in 2010 following careers as a teacher and in the City.

  • A. Bentley-Buckle

    A. Bentley-BuckleLieutenant-Commander Anthony 'Tony' Bentley-Buckle (1921-2010) spent his early years in Belgium, England and Ceylon, where his father was a tea planter. He was brought up largely by his maiden aunts and educated at Ampleforth.

    Bentley-Buckle joined the Navy in January 1939, just before WWII and found himself on the Northern Patrol aboard the elderly light cruiser Dunedin during the blockade of Germany and as a teenager in command of captured ships. When he brought a ship through the minefields into Scapa Flow, the young Midshipman Bentley-Buckle was interviewed by the famously ferocious Admirax Max Horton who recommended him for advanced promotion. He volunteered for 'special service' and a beach commando he was one of the first ashore at the Allied landings on Sicily and one of the first Allied officers to cross the Straits of Messina. On Reggio beach he became one of the few people to order General Montgomery to stop talking and not to block the exit of the beach!

    He was seconded to MI9, the escape and evasion agency, helping to rescue hundreds of British prisoners of war in Italy. He was captured in a fierce hand-to-hand battle with the Germans, escaped, recaptured and was badly-beaten, eventually reaching Prisoner-of-War Camp 'Marlag O'. There he helped organise one the cheekiest escapes from a prisoner-of-war camp by making the eyes for a dummy known as 'Albert RN'. Post-war he learned to fly, sailed a small boat to East Africa and founded a shipping empire and an airline.

  • A. G. F. Ditcham

    A. G. F. DitchamAnthony Greville Fox 'Tony' Ditcham (1922-) joined the Royal Navy in 1940 serving until the end of the campaign against Japan, Tony Ditcham was in the front line of the naval war. After brief service in the battlecruiser Renown off Norway and against the Italians, he went into destroyers and saw action in most European theatres against S-boats and aircraft in bomb alley off Britain's East Coast, on Arctic convoys to Russia, and eventually in a flotilla screening the Home Fleet.

    During the dramatic Battle of the North Cape in December 1943 he was probably the first man to actually see the Scharnhorst and from his position in the gun director of HMS Scorpion enjoyed a grandstand view of the sinking of the great German battleship (his account was so vivid that it formed the basis of the description in the official history). Later his ship operated off the American beaches during D-Day, where two of her sister ships were sunk with heavy loss of life, and he ended the war en route for the British Pacific Fleet and the invasion of Japan.

  • A. J. Chapman

    A J ChapmanTony Chapman was born in Southampton in 1924. Aged 16 he watched with horror as the historic High Street of Southampton burnt to the ground in a firestorm caused by a heavy German bombing raid on the night of 30 November 1940. He vowed to join up and fight back. Tony joined the Navy. The War of the Motor Gun Boats can only be published because Tony wrote a letter to the local paper in 2005 expressing his gratitude to Roger Lightoller for saving his life. This stirred the embers and led him to consider publication in rememberance of the time and the people.

  • A. Nelson Seaforth

    George Sydenham ClarkeA. Nelson Seaforth is a pseudonym of George Sydenham Clarke, 1st Baron Sydenham of Combe GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, GBE (1848-1933) who was a British Army officer and colonial administrator. He was born in Lincolnshire, and educated at Haileybury, Wimbledon and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.

    Clarke entered the Royal Engineers in 1868, served in the Egyptian Expedition and as Assistant Political officer during the following Sudan expedition. From 1885 until 1892 he was secretary to the Colonial Defence Committee, for which he was knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in 1893. He was also secretary to the Royal Commission on Navy and Army Administration in 1888, a commission which did much to improve cooperation between the two services. In the late 1890s he was Superintendent of the Royal Carriage Department at Woolwich.

    He retired from the army in 1901 when he was appointed Governor of Victoria and served in Australia until 1903. He served in India as Governor of Bombay between 1907 and 1913, the year he was elevated to the peerage as "Baron Sydenham of Combe", of Dulverton in the County of Devon, named after one of the ancient seats of the ancient de Sydenham family which originated at the manor of Sydenham, near Bridgwater in Somerset. After his last term as governor he was a member of the committee that issued the Esher Report. The biographer of the Committee's chairman describes Clarke as " insensitive, clumsy, uncouth and infinitely boring man...". He was also the first Secretary of the Committee of Imperial Defence. Originally a Liberal, he became increasingly reactionary in his later life and was, in the 1930s, a prominent supporter of fascist causes.

  • Abby Jane Morrell

    Between 1829 and 1831 Abby Jane Morrell accompanied her husband Benjamin on a voyage that took her from New England to the South Pacific. Benjamin was in the sealing trade but was a keen explorer with an adventurous spirit and on her return she wrote an account of the voyage

  • Alan James

    Alan James: There is no information on this author

  • Alex Dienst

    Dr. Alex Dienst was a texas historian, a member of the Texas State Historical Association committee.

  • Allan Richards

    Allan Richards wrote VE Day – A Day to Remember and enjoyed extensive media coverage during the 60th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War. He has travelled the world and written about his experiences for travel magazines, amongst others.

  • Allen Gardiner

    Allen  GardinerAllen Francis Gardiner (1794–1851) was a British Royal Navy officer and missionary to Patagonia. He was born in the parsonage house at Basildon, Berkshire, where his parents were temporarily residing. He was religiously educated, and in May 1808 entered the Royal Naval College, Portsmouth.

    In 1810 he went to sea as a volunteer on board HMS. Fortune and after a time moved to the Phœbe. He served in that ship as midshipman until August 1814, when, having distinguished himself in the capture of the American frigate Essex, he was sent to England as acting lieutenant of that prize. Being confirmed as lieutenant 13 December he afterwards served in the Ganymede, the Leander, and the Dauntless in various parts of the world, and returned invalided to Portsmouth in 1822. In 1824 he served as second lieutenant of the Jupiter at Newfoundland and in 1825 came back to England in charge of the Clinker, when he obtained his promotion as commander although he never succeeded in obtaining another appointment.

    He then resolved that he would devote his life to the work of a missionary pioneer and went to Africa in 1834, exploring the Zulu country and starting the first missionary station at Port Natal. From 1834 to 1838 he was engaged in earnest endeavours to establish Christian churches in Zululand, but political events and native wars combined to prevent any permanent success. From 1838 to 1843 he laboured among the Indians of Chile, and went from island to island in the Indian Archipelago, but his efforts were foiled by the opposition of the various governments. His first visit to Tierra del Fuego took place in 1842, when, coming from the Falkland Islands in the schooner Montgomery, he landed in Oazy harbour. A second attempt to establish a mission but Gardiner was not discouraged and he left England again in 1845 with Federico Gonzales, a Spanish Protestant,going to Bolivia where he distributed bibles to the Indian population. He spent 1848 in making a survey of Tierra del Fuego with a view to a mission, and suffered great hardships. Next he sailed from Liverpool in 1850 on the Ocean Queen, and was landed at Picton Island in December. He had with him two launches, each twenty-six feet long, in which had been stowed provisions to last for six months. The Yahgan people were hostile and great thieves; the climate was severe and the country barren. Six months elapsed without the arrival of further supplies, which were detained at the Falkland Islands for want of a vessel. The unfortunate men of the mission gradually died of starvation, Gardiner, himself the last survivor, expiring, as it is believed, 6 September 1851.

  • Andrew Adams

    Captain Andrew Adams was a boy seaman when he joined Trinity House in 1963. During his over 40 year career he gained a wide experience afloat, becoming Chief Pilot in the Port of Harwich, and an RNR Captain and Nautical Adviser. He is interested in the history of pilotage and is a Younger Brother of Trinity House.

  • Andy Peters

    Andy PetersAndy Peters is a professional woodcarver who specializes in restoring original ships' figureheads and carving replicas. His commissions have included the head of the replica French frigate Hermione at Rochefort, as well as all the decorative work for the Gotheborg Swedish East Indiaman project, a five-year undertaking.

    The author's official web site is

  • Ann Veronica Coats

    Ann Veronica Coats is senior lecturer in the the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying at the University of Portsmouth and is Secretary of the Naval Dockyards Society.

  • Ann Victoria Roberts

    Ann Victoria RobertsAnn Victoria Roberts was born in York and now lives in Southampton with her Master Mariner husband. The busy port with its historic associations provided inspiration for her fifth novel, The Master's Tale.

  • Anne Hawkins

    Anne Hawkins, a retired civil servant, was Secretary of the Ships' Names and Badges Committee in the early 1990s and has family links with the Navy and Admiralty.

  • Anthony Esler

    anthony eslerAnthony Esler is an emeritus professor of history at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. His books include several studies of the conflict of generations in world history, half a dozen historical novels, and surveys of the world and Western history. He is a member of the American Historical Association, the World History Association, and the Authors Guild. He has received a Fulbright, Social Science Research Council, and other research grants, and is listed in the Directory of American Scholars, the Directory of Poets and Fictions Writers, and Who's Who in America. Books by Dr. Esler include Bombs, Beards, and Barricades, Forbidden City, and The Human Venture.

  • Anthony Gary Brown

    Anthony Gary BrownAnthony Gary Brown publishes naval history books, in particular related to the works of Patrick O'Brian. He also runs several websites related to the authors works.

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