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One man's war: an actor's life at sea, 1940-1945

One man's war: an actor's life at sea, 1940-1945

Beale, Richard, 1920- author

Richard Beale was a young Royal Naval officer during the Second World War. This book is a lively account of his time in the Royal Navy from just prior to joining up until his demobilisation and subsequent return to civilian life. During his navy service he rose from a humble rating to become commander of a series of coastal patrol craft and MTBs (motor torpedo boats), sailing one from the UK to Malta and latterly covering the Royal Navy's campaign around Greek and Croatian waters, including mine sweeping duties. His story includes accounts of a number of key engagements, including one in which he was badly wounded as well as memories of love affairs, friendships and the enduring companionship of his beloved spaniel, Simon. Following his navy service, Richard spent most of his life as an actor, with a career spanning more than 50 years and roles in a host of iconic television series

Book. English.
Published London: Bloomsbury, 2015
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Statement of responsibility: Richard Beale
ISBN: 1844863336, 9781844863334
Note: Includes index.
Note: Map on lining papers.
Physical Description: viii, 264 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
Subject: Warfare and Defence.; Beale, Richard, 1920-; World War, 1939-1945 Naval operations, British.; World War, 1939-1945 Personal narratives, British.

Author note

Born in 1920, Richard Beale joined the Royal Navy aged 20 and served from 1940 until the end of the Second World War. Following his service in the Navy, he worked for his father's print firm for 10 years until worked as an actor until 2005, appearing in hundreds of TV series including such classics as Dr Finlay's Casebook, Z Cars, A Handful of Dust and more recently, Casualty and Teachers. His time in the navy gave him a love of sailing that he has pursued throughout his life, sailing and racing single-handedly until 2010.