Meluki's Celtic Catalog

Celtic Culture in Words and Music

Signalman Jones

Signalman Jones
Item# 9781574093094

Product Description

Publisher: Sheridan House

Author: Tim Parker In 1939, young English naval signalman Geoffrey Holder-Jones began his career by surviving a German mine attack in the Thames estuary. World War II took him as naval officer to Iceland, the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, and the United States. Commissioned as a naval officer and given command of his own ship, Jones then pa- trolled the waters off Canada and Newfoundland before returning to Britain in 1944. With a sense of humour and decency that sustained him through the ordeals of con- voy duty in the Arctic Ocean, Signalman Jones has related his story to Tim Parker with vivid observations and an eye for the absurd. This true story, written on the basis of personal conversations and a scrapbook entrusted to the author 60 years after the war, illuminates one of the great achievements of the war—the beating of the German U-boat blockade of the American coast by squadrons of Allied ships that were little more than motley collections of armed trawlers and whalers. (pb)