DDNF member Jack Close has recently published the first volume of his memoirs, ‘Beyond the Horizon’. Born in Hull in 1925, he describes his schooldays in the 1930s, then becoming a Post Office Messenger in 1940, delivering telegrams around the badly blitzed city. He himself was bombed out in 1941 during a particularly heavy raid. In 1943 he qualified as Wireless Operator at his local Technical College and joined HM Rescue Tugs Service. Serving in HM Rescue Tug Eminent during Operation OVERLORD, he took part in towing sections of the Mulberry Harbours to Normandy. To read extracts from this section of Mr Close’s book in the ‘D-Day Memories’ section of our website, click here.

In 1945 Jack Close participated in Operation DEADLIGHT, sinking surrendered German submarines. After the war he sailed on tramp steamers and tankers all over the world and under various flags, going through the eye of hurricanes and being threatened with a knife whilst in mid-ocean. During a period on deep-water trawlers he experienced a near-catastrophic storm inside the Arctic Circle.

Copies of Jack Close’s ‘Beyond the Horizon’ cost £12.99 plus £1.99 postage and packing. To purchase a copy, please visit his website:

Captain John Cloudsley-Thompson, who joined the Fellowship in 1986, served as a troop leader in the 4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) during the battle of Normandy.

He has published his wartime memoirs, entitled Sharpshooter: Memories of Armoured Warfare 1939-45.

Copies can be obtained through bookshops or direct from the publisher, Mr Peter Erwood, Arcturus Press, The Manse, Fleet Hargate, Lincolnshire PE12 8LL. The book costs £15.95 including postage (cheques payable to ‘Peter Erwood’, please).

Proceeds from the sale of the book are going to the Regimental Association.