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"TONY" as we knew him, rode various Royal Navy submarines from 1941 through 1947.  He started as the most junior officer on boats and rapidly became Skipper of a former American S-Boat, called "The Reluctant Dragon".  When the US Navy "loaned" fifty old World War I four-stack destroyers to the Royal Navy, they also included three old S-Class submarines.  "Tony" was given command of "The Reluctant Dragon" with which he made several patrols.  All in all, with this boat and others, he served in the Mediterranean, off Norway and in the Java Sea.  He was mentioned in dispatches, and he was awarded the
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His time with "The Reluctant Dragon" came to a swift and sorrowful end.  After a patrol, he went to his HQ to deliver his patrol report.  Most of the crew were ashore while a handful were running the engines to charge the batteries.  "TONY" was almost to the door of the HQ building when a massive blast shattered the air.  The men aboard were smoking and the hydrogen fumes given off by the charging batteries ignited, causing a huge explosion which killed some of his men and rendered "The Reluctant Dragon" useless.

                             

After his retirement and like so many World War II veterans, he turned to the typewriter and wrote several books including "TRIGGER" and "TALON", about combat aboard Royal Navy submarines in World War II, a topic he knew quite well.

"TONY"  was a good man and very helpful to Sharkhunters.  We have a hand-signed copy of "TALON" in our library, which he sent here in 1992.

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