About the Author
Edward John Anderson was born in 1911 at St Budeaux, Plymouth where he grew up and went to school. Having served an apprenticeship in Devonport Dockyard, he was made redundant in 1932 and joined the Royal Navy. Repatriated from Japan in 1946, he returned to Plymouth where he married and settled in Honicknowle. After retiring from a second career of teaching mathematics and English in the local school, Ted Anderson died in 1989. Robin Rowe served in the Royal Marines during and after World War II and is the author of Sticky-Blue! A Boy and a Battleship.
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Feb. 20th to March 4th 1943. Struck down with pneumonia on Sunday morning. Couldnt understand why the cutting pain in my chest would not subside, every breath was agonising. The whole day was a nightmare of pain and lightheadedness. I could feel myself suspended in space and drifting aimlessly, occasionally returning to listen to the meaningless hum of conversation of my room mates. On the following day I was moved to the sick room (often referred to as the death room) As I left our room I faintly heard someone say Poor old Ted. Good luck, mate!
The words seem to burn in my brain and before I lapsed into unconsciousness I swore I wouldn't die, I had so much to live for. I wouldnt relinquish my resolve and I would fight with all my might.
August 9th 1945Something big has happened today. Something so cataclysmic that I think new forces have been unleashed on this unfortunate country now writhing in its death throes. I am fearful for our own safety if there is to be a repetition of the holocaust we have just survived.