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FACE THE MUSIC

A SAILOR'S STORY

VICE ADMIRAL SIR JOHN HAYES

WITH A FOREWORD BY LORD CARRINGTON


First published 1991
Reprinted 1992
The Pentland Press Limited

ISBN 1872795056

Bound book maroon cloth with gilt to spine NEAR FINE - Unclipped dust wrapper in VERY GOOD PLUS condition not fine because of some light crinkling top of spine.

 

£7.00 + P & P

Jacket blurb

In 1926, when the young John Hayes entered the Royal Navy's college at Dartmouth, he pledged to serve the Lords of the Admiralty 'at their discretion'. It was a service which would last for forty-two years, taking the author from the South China Sea to the North Cape and from peace to three historic catastrophes of the war at sea — the sinking of the Prince of Wales, the Repulse and Convoy PQ17.

But Face the Music is as much about the naval tradition as about war. It is a celebration of that service which, as the author writes, 'seems to occupy a particular affection in the eyes of the British people'.

It is about music, too — the author's other great love. 'I turn to it in times of need, and at several moments in our history face it I hope I did.'

The author

John Hayes was born in Bermuda, the son of a Lieutenant in the R.A.M.C. He entered the Royal Navy's Dartmouth College when he was twelve. He was to serve in the navy for more than forty years, rising eventually to Vice Admiral as Flag Officer Scotland.

During the second world war he witnessed the sinking of the Prince of Wales and the Repulse, and saw the fall of Singapore. He was the last man out of Malaya with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and he was part of the ill-fated Russian Convoy P017.

He entered public life after his retirement. He was instrumental in the creation of the Cromarty Firth Port Authority and for eleven years was Lord Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, where he now lives with his wife, Rosalind.

Content

List of Illustrations

Author's Preface
Foreword by the Rt Hon Lord Carrington

Part One 1913-1939 The Pre-War Royal Navy

1. Alpha and Omega
2. Family Forebears—Military and Pacifist
3. The Very Bottom Rung
4. The Gunroom
5. A.B. Parks is Introduced to Wagner
6. Slow Boats to China
7. The China Station
8. The End of a Beginning
9. The Second Rung
10. Towards Maturity
11. Persian Gulf Patrol 1936-1938
12. ... And the Personal Aftermath

Part Two 1939-1945 War at Sea

13. The Curtain Quickly Rises
14. A Battle Cruiser and her Captain
15. Prelude to War with Japan
16. Swan-Song of a Notable Old Lady
17. Adrift, then Salvation
18. Last Hours in Singapore and After
19. The Destruction of an Arctic Convoy to Russia..
20. The Devil You Know-1944

Part Three 1946-1988 ... and Peace, a Miscellany

Introduction
1946 Bringing home the Boys and Girls
1947 Ten Years on in Shaping Embryos
1949 French Leave
1950 Operational Aircraft Carrier
1952 Appointing my Contemporaries
1954 Command at The Cape
1955 H.M.S. St. Vincent—A Naval Kindergarten
1957 Incarceration in the M.O.D
1960 Drake as Opposed to Nelson
1962 Naval Secretary to First Lord of the Admiralty
1964 Flying a Flag at Sea
1966-1968 Naval Finale
1968-1988 "Retirement" in the Highlands
The Closing Chord

List of Illustrations

  1. Sir John Hayes
  2. Alpha and Omega: My birthplace "Southcote", Bermuda 1913;
  3. Revisited 1966, when Second-in-Command of the Western Fleet, with the current owner of the Smith family from whom my father rented it in 1912.
  4. My last voyage under the White Ensign. H.M.S. Tiger, my Flagship, passes 'Two Rock Passage', Bermuda, for home.
  5. Lieutenant Hayes, R.A.M.C. and my mother.
  6. On becoming a member of the Anson Term at R.N. College, Dartmouth, 1926
  7. R.N. College, Dartmouth, 1927: Cadets at Sunday Divisions Parade.
  8. 15th April, 1939. The best day of my life, when I married Rosalind Finlay.
  9. Repulse at peace.
  10. Formerly beloved Captain Bill of Repulse, the late Admiral Sir William Tennant as a C-in-C.
  11. December 10th, 1941. Last defiance by Repulse as seen from Prince of Wales.
  12. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, "Sans Peur", which hangs in their H.Q. in Stirling Castle.
  13. 1960, H.M.S. Drake. One man and his dog, Bramble.
  14. 1963, accompanying my boss Lord Carrington, the last First Lord of the Admiralty, on his visit to the Royal Marines H.Q. at Deal.
  15. H.M.S. Tiger. Open to visitors 1965, Hull.
  16. Christopher Tite, the great-great-grandson of Nelson's cabin boy at Trafalgar, was one of H.M.S. Tiger's 1965 visitors at Newcastle-upon- Tyne.
  17. NATO cooperation with our U.S. Navy friends.
  18. NATO exercise in the Arctic with Admiral Sir Charles Madden, twice my Commander-in-Chief.
  19. "It looks to me as though you made the right choice"
  20. My friend and neighbour, the late Eric Linklater, remains the doyen of transfer by jackstay at sea.
  21. Sea Cadets honour me for a Trafalgar Night Dinner Speech.
  22. Routine start for the Admiral's Inspection.
  23. My two Flag Captains in H.M.S. Tiger: Geoffrey Kirkby and 'Harpy' Lloyd.
  24. H.M.S. Tiger leads the Fleet on exercises.
  25. The end of the innings. Departure as Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  26. Arabella House, Nigg.
  27. 1968: what it takes to run an Admiralty House. My devoted Secretary, Flag Lieutenant and retinue with the family.
  28. June 1987. Her Majesty arrives in Invergordon to a children's welcome.
These images are intended to show the general condition and appearence of this book and augment my description of its condition - " Bound book maroon cloth with gilt to spine NEAR FINE - Unclipped dust wrapper in VERY GOOD PLUS condition; not fine because of some light crinkling top of spine.  "
These images are intended to show the general condition and appearence of this book and augment my description of its condition - " Bound book maroon cloth with gilt to spine NEAR FINE - Unclipped dust wrapper in VERY GOOD PLUS condition; not fine because of some light crinkling top of spine.  "
These images are intended to show the general condition and appearence of this book and augment my description of its condition - " Bound book maroon cloth with gilt to spine NEAR FINE - Unclipped dust wrapper in VERY GOOD PLUS condition; not fine because of some light crinkling top of spine.  "

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An illustration from the book - " December 10th, 1941. Last defiance by Repulse as seen from Prince of Wales. "