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on 28 May 2014
As a retired RN officer, I thoroughly enjoyed Sailor in the Desert by David Gunn. I liked the way it was divided into short chapters telling the story in simple and straightforward terms of his father as a young sailor in World War one. Based on his diaries, the story captured the Royal Navy of those days, so different yet so similar to the Navy fifty years ago when I first went to sea, and also illuminated a fascinating but little known corner of the war fighting the Turks in Mesopotamia; he was clearly an outstanding young man who was given enormous responsibility at an early age. Awarded a well deserved Distinguished Service Medal for his bravery, the book ends with the battle won and Able Seaman Gunn promoted to Leading Seaman whilst recovering from severe wounds and illness. It left me eager to know the rest of his story; he served a full career, rising from Boy Seaman to Captain, a major achievement in itself, before retiring at the end of World War Two, when he then went off to devote himself to painting as a landscape artist. Several of his paintings showing his experiences in the Mesopotamia Campaign illustrate the book. Attractively produced, I thoroughly recommend this book as a good read.
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