Lancashire Leatherneck, by Bill Naylor

Lancashire Leatherneck, by Bill Naylor

Lancashire Leatherneck, by Bill Naylor

Published by Neil Richardson in 1985, 62 pages. A5 size booklet (N4084P1)

Bill Naylor joined the Royal Navy as a Marine in 1926, and served until 1948, seeing action throughout the Second World War. In this booklet he writes mostly about his experiences as a marine (they are known within the Navy as 'Leathernecks'), with a short account of his life growing up in the Rochdale town of Heywood before joining up.

From the introduction by Tom Davies: In 1926 most of Heywood's cotton mills were on short time, and at the age of 17 Bill Naylor, not wanting to be a burden on his family, left home to joing the Royal Navy.... he was asked if he wanted to be a Royal Marine. 'Do they Travel on ships?', he asked. He was told that they did, and so began a career in the RN which took Bill all over the world, serving in several of His majesty's ships. When HMS Cornwall was sunk by the Japanese in 1942 he survived 30 hours in the sea before being picked up - swimming the Rochdale canal as a boy had served him in good stead. Sections include:

  • Heywood 1909-1926
  • 1927, Training at Deal and Chatham
  • 1927-30, HMS Hermes and the China Station
  • 1930-32, Leave and HMS Valiant
  • 1932-33, HMS Dragon and the Americas
  • 1933-35, HMS York
  • 1935-36, HMS President and the Middle East
  • 1937-39, HMS Southampton and the Spanish Civil War
  • Wartime, HMS Resolution
  • HMS Cornwall
  • HMS Valiant
  • HMS Swiftsure
  • Home and civilian life

Condition of the booklet is excellent. The cover is clean and tidy, the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is an old price printed on the front cover and a small price sticker on the rear side

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