The Royal Navy & Me

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This is a story told through the eyes of a young sailor who joined the Royal Navy in 1955 as a Boy Seaman 2nd class, the absolute lowest rank in the Navy. Follow his induction at HMS Ganges, the toughest boys training establishment in England if not the world., and his first assignment to HMS Cockade in time to visit Australia for the opening of the 1956 Olympic games. One voyage not to be missed

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Words: 52,800
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452371474
About Frederick Rodgers

I was born in Belfast,Northern Ireland on the 15th January 1939 the last of six children. My mother died on Boxing day the same year and the world was at war again. The job of looking after me fell to Lily, my eldest sister. In 1942 she married a British sailor and took me with her to live in Scotland and later England. The complication with me having a different surname name to Lily caused problems with the issue of ration books etc. In March 1943 I was adopted and my name changed to Cook. I remained with Lily and her husband in a mostly unhappy situation until 1950 when I returned home to Ireland and regained my own identity as Rodgers. The years away from Belfast and family left me as a stranger in my own home. In 1954 I began the process to join the Royal Navy, and on the 14th March 1955 march off to HMS Ganges. HMS Ganges was a boys training camp near Ipswich, probably the toughest naval training camp in England. (I refer to my books for a complete history of my early and tumultuous life). Today you will find me living with my wife of forty years on our 15 acre hobby farm in Prince Edward Island. We are both retired and share our time with our two dogs and two cats. We have two grown daughters and two wonderful grandchildren. Forgive me if this sounds like a sales pitch, but if you decide to read my books I recommend you begin with 'Lily & Me' then follow with 'The Royal Navy & Me' as it is the sequel.
I also invite you to visit my web site at www.irishroversbooks.com and please sign my guest book.

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Review by: Eifion Sanders on Oct. 21, 2012 :
Had a wonderful time reading his highs & lows in the Royal Navy, & am very thankful to him for sending me some photos of crew members from that ship.
He was on her the same time as my Dad & he thinks he remembers him I also sent him a few photos of crew members from that voyage.
It is a wonderful read & am considering getting his other books soon.
A++++ for this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Eifion Sanders on Oct. 20, 2012 : (no rating)
Had a wonderful time reading his highs & lows in the Royal Navy, & am very thankful to him for sending me some photos of crew members from that ship.
He was on her the same time as my Dad & he thinks he remembers him I also sent him a few photos of crew members from that voyage.
It is a wonderful read & am considering getting his other books soon.
A++++ for this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: db23 on July 31, 2011 :
Enthralling, often funny and sometimes sad story of life in the Royal Navy in the 1950s; a well-written memoir, I started it this afternoon and had to keep reading until I'd finished.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Brendan Gerad O'Brien on March 24, 2010 : (no rating)
What a lovely story! This is a trip down memory lane for anyone who served in the Royal Navy - or any other Navy, for that matter.
I have to admire Fredrick for his ability to conjur up events from all those years ago and then relay them so colourfully, thus triggering memories of our own - sheer nostalga ...and I'm sure if he put his mind to it he could write much more about his time in the Senior Service.

Brendan O'Brien
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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