The late Lt Bernard Upton MBE RNR survived the sinking of the Bangor Class minesweeper HMS Cromarty when she was mined in the Straits of Bonifacio in the Mediterranean on 23 October 1943. Bernard wrote an autobiographical account of his many hazardous journeys and dangerous situations whilst serving in minesweepers. It is called ‘On the Road to Normandy and a little beyond’ – A Sailor’s Life Story’.
Lt Cdr Rob Hoole RN and I had been corresponding with Bernard’s nephew, Sqn Ldr Richard James MBE RAF (Rtd), since October 2009 with a view to publishing Bernard’s memoirs. Sadly, Bernard passed away at his home in France on Friday 22 April 2016 before this could be achieved. However, Richard has now published a book on behalf of his uncle.
Rear Admiral Paddy McAlpine CBE has written the Foreward to the book and the publishers have decided that any profit from the sale of the book will be donated to Help for Heroes.
The ISBN is 978-1-5272-1308-1.
It is a good read and epitomises all that the Mine Warfare fraternity stands for. Highly recommended.