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DON'S STORY

The life and Times of Lieutenant-Commander D. W. Murdoch MBE RN.

 

Don's Story by Lt.Cdr. Don W. Murdoch: This icon is used elsewhere in my site as a link to this page.

DON'S STORY

The life and Times of Lieutenant-Commander D. W. Murdoch MBE RN.

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A personal account of life as a sickly child, evacuee, 'tiffy', naval officer, chartered engineer, project manager and pensioner, during 80 years of great social change.

First published by privatey 2009

This edition, 1st,

Privately published 2009 by Privately printed 2009 in UK.

ISBN 9781844267095

BOOK CONDITION and DETAILS:

Card covered bound book, in fact a heavy paperback with with very few signs of wear - Page block and pages clean tight and bright - Condition Very good

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521 pages : 145 mm. x 210 mm. x 30 mm.

Weight unwrapped 702 grm. for postage <750 grm.

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More information and Images



A scan of the front of L.Cdr. Don Mudoch's biography showing the general appearance and condition.

From the Foreword:

This is a warm and engaging story of Don’s life from childhood to old age, told with great accuracy and sincerity. As well as a personal story of selfless family life, it also reveals just how much the Royal Navy depended on the dedication and skills of its Artificers, who formed the hard core of the Navy’s engineering capability.

A small photo of Don's Story by Lt.Cdr. Don W. Murdoch, RN.: A personal account of life as a sickly child, evacuee, 'tiffy', naval officer, chartered engineer, project manager and pensioner, during 80 years of great social change.

Intrinsic to providing this capability was the four year Artificer Apprenticeship. In Don’s time this was carried out between the ages of fifteen and nineteen and Don’s detailed narrative of his four years at HMS Fisgard probably describes the reality of life there for the first time.

As shown in Dan’s story, Artificer Apprentices were selected from candidates who sat a competitive academic exam about the same standard as the old School Certificate. In Don’s time, if selected, their commitment was to sign on for at least fifteen years and their reward was promotion to Senior Rate one year after completing their apprenticeship. Artificers were an elitist branch which experienced a major extraction of Engineer Officers, one of the Navy’s own rewards for considerable training investment.

BOOK CONDITION & details:

Page background adapted from an image of HMS MANCHESTER's oelican ."