M Donegon painting of HMS Eskimo illustrates THE ARCTIC CONVOYS TO RUSSIA.


Winston Churchill was piped aboard HMS Tyne and dad after hearing him nightly on the wireless got a glimpse of their wartime leader in person. It was August 1942 and Gunner Thurlow was among the several hundred sailors expecting the pep talk to confirm the rumour that the Arctic convoys to Russia were about to […]

Gunners in a battleship in World War Two

My Dad Wasn’t A Patriot

On Easter Friday when I was young, my dad would drag me out of bed early and drive to a bakery in Tottenham where he had gone with his dad as a boy. The bakery had green and cream tiles like a railway waiting room and must have been even older than the bakers who […]