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Memories Of A Matelot

By Lt. Sid Henry DSC, RNVR (edited by Kevin Gomm)

Matelot: ninformal for a sailor or seaman

From Middle French/Middle Dutch ‘mattenoot’


Thoroughly Recommended – A Great Read!


From minesweeping in the North Sea, to naval operations in the Mediterranean and North Africa, Greece, Crete, running the gauntlet throughout the siege of Tobruk, Italy, the Normandy D-Day landings and finally to Burma – these are the memoirs and recollections of a self confessed Matelot.

Sid Henry traces his journey from humble beginnings at crafting the art of seamanship in Liverpool Bay, to eventually becoming an officer with the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve [RNVR] and commanding various types of landing craft vessels during the Second World War.

Wounded, mentioned in despatches twice and later awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) this personal narrative is interspersed with humorous light hearted anecdotal reflections through to the vivid confronting tragedy that the diverse spectrum of war unleashes.

This is a must see perusal, not just for all the military and naval enthusiasts, but to everyone who simply enjoys a good authentic read.

282 pages. Illustrated with rare photos.  ISBN 978-0-9872231-4-2


Unloading at North Africa 1942

With crew, Sid Henry centre, 1944