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William B Green Author
Bill Green was born in England in 1936. Homeless at age 17, he happily joined the Royal Navy to get some new clothes and 3 square meals a day. During his twenty-five years in the submarine service, he patrolled the oceans of the world from the Arctic Circle to the South China Sea.
Two years after retiring from the navy as a Chief Petty Officer, totally bored with his mundane civilian life, he emigrated to South Africa; a move he describes as one of the best decisions of his life. Thirteen years later, still looking for challenges he emigrated to Australia, which he describes as another brilliant move. He now lives in Perth, Western Australia, with his wife and family.
He is a Member of the Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association of Australia. When he is not writing, he does voluntary work for a Community Support Service. By way of keeping fit he does Taoist Tai Chi each day.
The title of the book, 'I'll Take That One,' was chosen after the virtual public auction of small children when they arrived at their destinations. Each day, the hundreds of evacuees were lined up in the Town Hall, or other suitable premises, where potential foster parents, known as hosts, were invited to pick a child, usually by pointing and saying, "I'll Take That One".
World War 2 was a global cataclysm that resulted in the deaths of 60 million people. In September 1939, Britain’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announced that Britain was at war with Germany. In the days and months following that announcement, 3,000,000 people, 1.5 million of them children, were relocated from towns and cities across England.
Relocating 1.5 million children, many of them as young as four years old, was a mammoth task. As most of the children had no idea what was going on, never mind where they were going, they were tagged with a label tied to their clothing, bearing their name, age, sex, and destination. Even then, many of them ended up in the wrong place.
At the onset of this grim period in history, a young boy begins his own journey, one that irrevocably changes the course of his life. In his memoir 'I'll Take That One', William B Green shares a rare glimpse of what it was like living and growing up during this era.
Suffused with the irony of the times, and painted against the gripping backdrop of the Second World War, 'I'll Take That One', is a rare glimpse into the lives of people that became embroiled in war.
Harrowing and inspirational, his story is one that needs to be shared. Eye-opening and beautiful, his book potently captures the Second World War zeitgeist, whilst portraying its impact on the lives of the people that witnessed it.
My Next Book
due for release late 2019/ early 2020
Silent and Invisible
HMS/m Renown - Gareloch, Scotland,
HMS/m Renown was the third of the Royal Navy's 'Resolution' class ballistic missile submarines. She was built in Cammell Lairds, Birkenhead, England. She was 425 feet long, with a beam of 33 feet, a draught of 30 feet, and carried a crew of 140 personnel. She had two crews, Port and Starboard. One crew would take the submarine to sea, changing over at the end of each patrol.
My next book, Silent and Invisible, is a sequel and continues where "I'll Take That One" finishes. It covers my 25 years in the submarine service of the Royal Navy during the Cold War.
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