Our new book, "HMS Medway Queen - Memories of Dunkirk" will be available in May 2020. It is currently in the latter stages of proof reading.
It will be roughly A5 size with 76 pages, and with a cover price of £8. It will contain personal recollections by those who were there. We are fortunate that no less than 3 members of the crew were taking photographs at that time. The First Lieutenant took some, which we have courtesy of the PSPS Collection. Two others, Eric Woodroffe and Roger Matthews, gave their material to the Medway Queen Preservation Society many years ago. Included in the book are the captain’s “narrative log” sent to the admiralty, extracts from a diary kept by one of the crew and accounts by Thomas Russell (ship’s cook) and John Graves (1st Lieutenant) printed in full. Personal recollections from the troops who were evacuated by HMS Medway Queen give the other side of the story. We have a Foreword written by the grandson of the captain at Dunkirk and numerous accounts and information contributed by the descendants of both crew and troops.
"HMS Medway Queen - Memories of Dunkirk" is scheduled to go on sale at Ramsgate in May when Medway Queen is there for the anniversary commemorations. You can order in advance, direct from the author, and receive your copy a little ahead of that if you wish. Proceeds will all go to Medway Queen after printing costs have been met. Copies signed or unsigned as you wish.
Send a Sterling cheque for £9-60 (including UK P&P), payable to "R Halton", to 2 Drury Close, Hook, Royal Wootton Bassett. SN4 8EL. All enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org please. Cheques will not be cashed until the books are available and they should be dispatched in the latter part of April. Overseas postage at cost, contact Richard by email.