What [Major Bob Orrell] did to capture the last German command post on Sword Beach is now commemorated in the Grand Bunker museum and that, and his medals, stand testament to his bravery. --Simon Fanshawe OBE
About the Author
Tim Parker was born in November 1933 and his early life was spent in Stockport, near Manchester, where his mother s family firm made hats. Although only five years old at the time Tim has vivid memories of listening to Chamberlain s broadcast on the Murphy radio on the sideboard in his uncle s dining room and later, the D-Day celebrations. Tim was educated at Harrow School where he found rewarding challenges in the RNVR unit at HMS President, leading on to national service in the Royal Navy. A variety of jobs followed: in ICI, in the Rank Organisation and other exploits before settling in Brighton, near where, with his wife Beth and family, he planted and ran one of the first vineyards in England. Later he ran a regular column, Parker s Progress , in the Brighton Argus and did some fill-in time as a taxi driver, taking him to many unusual places and meeting some remarkable people. One such person was Geoffrey Holder-Jones whose wartime experiences in the navy and as headmaster of St Andrew s school led to Tim s first book, Signalman Jones. Another remarkable man whose story Tim was inspired to tell was Bob Orrell. While sadly Tim never met Bob, he got to know him, like him and respect him during the course of writing his story. The result is this book. Tim continues to work as a freelance columnist, writing for a number of publications, including Sussex Life. His ability to tell a good story comes from a deep well of experience and, no doubt, some encouragement from his celebrated uncle, the actor Cecil Parker. Tim s first novel, The Last Voyage of the Shelduck will be published in 2015.