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About the Author

Colin Denby was born in Yorkshire on the 29th November 1938 at


the start of the Second World War. Always a sickly child, he had
11 different homes in the first 14 years of his life, most were of
poor construction, many with water running down the walls in
winter, and when it rained. Doctors told his mother that in their
opinion her son would not reach his teens.
As a child he was frail and weak with the most horrendous
stammer. An elderly spinster teacher of English used to take great
pleasure in exploiting this defect by selecting him to read to the
class every day. When the words failed to come forth from his
trembling body, she would drag him by the ear to the front of the
class and scold him for being stupid. She would then place a
dunce hat on his head and have him stand in the corner of the
classroom. Because of his stammer he had to endure bullying
every day. He hated school and failed the 11+ examination.
Throughout his formative years his mother was his rock and
saviour, as he lay in his sick bed sometime barely able to breathe.
She would sit by his side and sing to him pieces of music from the
great operas. She would tell him time and time again; Heal
yourself ... Fight ... there is no CANT.
In June 1960 he was conscripted into the armed forces, one of the
last to be called upon to perform National Service. He was sent to
the Royal Military Police training depot at Woking, in Surrey.
Sixteen weeks later having passed all the tests, he was sent to
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, France
(S.H.A.P.E.). The most prestigious posting in the British army. He
was by now an athlete of some note, this opened doors which
were closed to others. Whilst there he guarded most of the heads
of states of Europe, as well as America. He was involved in the
showdown between JFK and Nikita Khrushchev. For twenty-five

years he was subject to the Official Secrets Act, so his military


experiences have remained secret.
In 1963 he married his childhood sweetheart Brenda. They
celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2013. They had two sons, Paul
and Craig. Paul was killed at the age of 15 having been hit by a
car. They were devastated beyond belief. However, they donated
his eyes and kidneys in the hope that others might benefit. A
young boy from Luton received Paul's kidneys and managed to
track them down (never been done before), resulting in all three of
them appearing on the Anne Diamond and Nick Owen Television
programme; Breakfast TV, (November 84).
In the 2010 Parliamentary Elections Colin was the UKIP
candidate for Rochdale.
Now aged seventy-six, Colin spends his time writing about his
life's experiences.

Dedication

This book is dedicated to all the National Service men who


served their country for so many years, and were paid a
pittance for doing so.

This story is based largely on fact, names and localities


have been changed at the writers discretion.

Colin Denby.

Copyright Colin Denby (2015)


The right of Colin Denby to be identified as author of this work
has been asserted by him in accordance with section 77 and 78 of
the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be
reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any
form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying,
recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission of the
publishers.
Any person who commits any unauthorized act in relation to this
publication may be liable to criminal prosecution and civil claims
for damages.
A CIP catalogue record for this title is available from the British
Library.

ISBN 978 1 78455 326 5 (Paperback)


ISBN 978 1 78455 331 9 (Hardback)

www.austinmacauley.com
First Published (2015)
Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd.
25 Canada Square
Canary Wharf
London
E14 5LB

Printed and bound in Great Britain

Acknowledgments
My books would not be possible without the help of the following
people;
My wife Brenda for her patience with me.
My friend, agent and IT wizard Martin Jones.
My friend Dr. David Holding. BA (Hon). MA. Ph.D. LL. MSc.,
for his military research.
My friend and solicitor Simon Robinson.
My friends Liz and Mick Finan for their support and enthusiasm.
My friend David Hamer for his historical input.
And last but not least, Brian Kenny ex. Green Jackets, the latest
avid supporter of my work.

2379. Corporal Davenport, Sir!

This book is dedicated to all the National Service men


who served their country for so many years, and were
paid a pittance for doing so.

This story is based largely on fact, names and localities


have been changed at the writers discretion.

Colin Denby.