Letters from Colin H Robertson

I have received two very interesting letters from Colin H Robertson which I think will interest our readers. Colin bought a copy of A Naval Life and found a transcript of his grandfather’s, Leading Signalman Johnston Robertson, written account of the action on 12th January 1917 against a German Submarine in the English Channel.

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Reviews of ‘A Naval Life’

Dr. Andrew Lambert – International Journal of Naval History Oliver Walton – Journal for Maritime Research Admiral Richard Hill – The Naval Review The Nautical Magazine Jonathan Seagrave – Soundings Review by Dr. Andrew Lambert, King’s College London, for the International Journal of Naval History What was life really like…

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Contents for ‘A Naval Life’

Introduction: Chapter One: Childhood ‘…the noble boy…’ (1852-1865) Chapter Two: The Training Ship (1866-1867) ‘I wish someone would kick up a row about it…’ Chapter Three: Junior Middy (1867-1870) ‘I hope just to manage…’ Chapter Four: Senior Midshipman (1870-1873) ‘…that damned b-t-l.’ Chapter Five: Sub Lieutenant to Lieutenant (1872-1875) ‘I…

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Extract from ‘A Naval Life’

WW1 – Marx as Q ship captain Marx wrote at length to Dare giving him ‘hints about the business’ of being a Q ship Commander: It is a difficult thing …as everything one does successfully is the result of common sense action at the moment. As regards abandoning ship, in…

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Extract from ‘A Naval Life’

Commander Marx: October 1895 – The prospect of action was now getting nearer. Marx recounted events: I immediately started for Mbarak·s road, reaching there about 3pm, and having chosen a secluded spot , zerebed myself, and as the sun set, put out all fires and lights and sent the men…

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Extract from ‘A Naval Life’

Marx at Britannia: Unbeknown to Marx however, some people were beginning to take an interest in the increasing severity of birchings at Britannia and were about to ·kick up a row· about the regime. But it was not until John Marx had left that Mr. Bass, the Liberal member for…

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