The book is dedicated to the memory of all the men from Northallerton and the two local parishes of Romanby and Brompton who gave their lives in the Second World War. All are remembered on three memorials which totals 67 names. Also included are the names of those who fell who attended the Northallerton Grammar School even though they may not have lived in the town. Where possible there is a photograph of each man followed by his military details and where a photograph was not possible a picture of a poppy is inserted. Entered is a résumé of his family life and employment with the details of where and how he died and where he is now buried. The last entries are his gallantry and campaign medals and his age.
As to be expected the three services plus the Merchant Service are well represented. There is a Battle of Britain pilot, bomber pilots and crews, sailors both RN and MN and of course the vast majority are as to be expected, soldiers which includes two sets of brothers. Every theatre of the war is represented within the pages of the book.
The research was carried out some twenty years ago which gave the opportunity to interview widows, brothers and sisters and also returned comrades. Each story has its own particular poignancy and for those who related their memories of their loves ones it was at times quite harrowing but they all gave freely of their time and loaned precious photographs and documents without a time limit laid for their return.
The result is a book A5 in size, 200 pages with more than a hundred monochrome photographs. Also included are poems, letters and quotations.
All profits from the sale of the book are to be donated the charity Help for Heroes.
The price for the book is £10, post paid, payable only by cheque drawn on a UK bank, made payable to Tony Eaton.
If you would like to buy this book or would like more information, please contact Tony Eaton at:
50 Turker Lane,
Tel: 01609 774439