William B Green Author
William Bryan Green was born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England, in 1936, three years before the outbreak of World War Two. This was an unfortunate timing, as he was old enough to be evacuated, but not old enough to know what was going on. Five years and five foster homes later, the war ended and he returned to live with his father and stepmother, who he was told was his 'new mum'.
Two years after returning home, unable to find any common ground with his stepmother, he was packed off to boarding school. In 1953, at seventeen years of age, and still at loggerheads with his stepmother, he left home for good and joined the Royal Navy. In 1980, after twenty five years in submarines, he retired from the navy as a Chief Petty Officer.
Two years after leaving the navy, he emigrated to South Africa; a move he describes as one of the best decisions of his life. Thirteen years later, still not done roaming, 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 an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and has a Graduate Diploma from the School of Business Leadership. He is also a Member of the Institute of Engineers and Technicians, and has a Higher Nationals Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. He is a current Member of the Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association of Australia. When he is not writing, he does voluntary work for a Community Support Service. He also does Taoist Tai Chi each day, which, he says, after practising for 22 years, is still learning.
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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