For widest dissemination please to former and current Army, Navy and Air Force personnel of Commonwealth nations.

Australian Defence Forces and other Commonwealth Nations Defence Forces

Assistance / contributions required for a book to commemorate the reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II

'Under the Queen's Colours 1952-2012'

Replies MUST be submitted by 31 October 2011

FYI below. This seems a wonderful idea to record stories of former and current service personnel of the Commonwealth.

All replies direct to:

Penny Legg

E penny@pennylegg.com

W http://www.pennylegg.com/


Regards

Ted (Blue) Hawkins

P 07 5499 3704

M 0466 475 080

E hawkins1200907@bigpond.com

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From: Jeff Salmon
Sent: Tuesday, 25 October 2011 1:41 PM
To: 'Ted Hawkins'
Subject: FW: Assistance required

Gidday Ted,

This one came to me via Libby Brown, President of Glasshouse Sub-Branch. Your Dist List is a bit more thorough than mine.

Cheers,

Jeff

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From: Libby Brown
Sent: Monday, 24 October 2011 11:42 PM
To:

Subject: FW: Assistance required

If you are able to assist with the following please email
Penny Legg direct at email address: penny@pennylegg.com

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I am now working in London at the High Commission as the Naval Adviser.

The purpose of this email is to pass on to the email below from Mrs Penny Legg who has been commissioned to write a book for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee next year - the details are below but a summary is:

The book, ‘Under the Queen's Colours’, is a book of the reminiscences of (ex-) service personnel who have served under the flag of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, during the sixty years of her reign - 1952-2012. The book will be a commemorative hardback edition of 272 pages, 100,000 words and about 140 images, and will be published by The History Press, England's largest history publisher, in May 2012.

The main reason I am passing this on is that there is no Australian contribution as yet and any support you could provide - primarily by 'spreading the word' and getting people to email Penny direct - would be greatly appreciated. I understand there is only a short window before it goes to the publishers (about a month) so any Australian input I think would be a good thing.

Best wishes,

Simon

SIMON O'BRIEN

CAPT, RAN

Naval Adviser & VCDF Group Liaison

Australian Defence Staff London

t: +44 (0)20 7887 5379 m: +44 (0)7899 818 016

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From: Penny Legg [mailto:penny@pennylegg.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 27 September 2011 22:03
To:
Subject: From Penny Legg - Under the Queen's Colours

Dear Simon,

First, let me say what a pleasure it was to meet and talk with you today. Thank you so much for sparing the time for me. I do appreciate it.

Next, let me thank you for agreeing to help with my project. The book will be the better for your assistance and it is very kind of you to embrace it so wholeheartedly.

You asked me to give you a bit more detail about the book, so that you could spread the word. Here goes:

The book, ‘Under the Queen's Colours’, is a book of the reminiscences of (ex-)service personnel who have served under the flag of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, during the sixty years of her reign - 1952 - 2012. The book will be a commemorative hardback edition of 272 pages, 100,000 words and about 140 images, and will be published by The History Press, England's largest history publisher, in May 2012.

I am looking for contributions of memories - dits, longer stories and anecdotes, together with photos to illustrate the words - from former or currently serving armed forces personnel from all branches of the services, male and female, who served within the sixty year time period. These can be from a sentence or two to several pages in length. They will showcase the vast variety of experiences serving under the Queen's colours (flag) produces. The stories can be happy, sad, or thought-provoking. I have put one or two that have already arrived below, as examples of the kind of thing I am looking for.

I am not looking for political or controversial stories. Nor am I looking for comment on policy or current missions or anything along these lines.

I have no Australian stories at present and it would be a shame to miss out on this opportunity for Australian voices to be heard. I am hoping that you will be able to spread the word for me. All contributions will, of course, be fully credited in the book, as will any assistance received to obtain suitable stories. The book will raise money for service charities and my publisher is currently negotiating the terms of the donations.

Anyone interested in contributing to this book should email me directly on: penny@pennylegg.com by Monday 31 October, 2011.

For information: I am a member of the Society of Authors, the National Union of Journalists and the National Association of Writers in Education here in the UK. This will be the sixth of nine commissioned books for The History Press. My website gives a flavour of my life and work: www.pennylegg.com

Very best wishes,

Penny



Examples of stories in so far (names omitted, strictly copyright and not for reproduction elsewhere):

Borneo, 1965

Flairs were let off around our camp, so we had a stand-to, thinking the Indonesians were attacking us. We all stood-to and this certain person who shall be nameless said, ‘I think he’s over here. I’m going under this wire to apprehend him.’ So he crawled under the wire and, all of a sudden, there was a mighty scream and this person said, ‘Don’t shoot, I’m coming back.’ He’d cleared the barbed wire and he had gone into the bush where all the noise was and he’d jumped on the back of an orang-utan! It’s true!

Britannia



I served onboard HMY Britannia from July 1991 to February 1998. One day in Portsmouth, I was detailed as 'car door opener' when we were embarking some members of the Royal Family. I was told it'd be Princess Alexandra and her husband (the late Sir Angus Ogilvy). I assumed that the Princess would be in the rear of the car with her husband, the driver and bodyguard in the front. When the car came to a stop I opened the rear door, saluted and, before the Princess emerged, I saw a shadow on my left shoulder and heard a voice say, "Thank you very much". It was Sir Angus, who had been sitting in the front with the driver. I immediately thought, "Oh crap" or something similar, and I'd be in front of the XO for not being aware of what I was doing etc. As it turned out, nothing was said about it as I'd followed procedure and opened the door for the right person. I don't know if the Princess asked who I was (I can only guess that she did) because, a few years later, I was again car door opener in Tokyo, Japan, and when I opened her car door she said, "Thank you, Dougie," as she emerged. For all the formality, shiny brasswork, pomp and ceremony of the Royal Yacht, it was a very relaxed vessel, first names and nicknames were the norm, but when we were preparing for Royal Duty everything would get done quickly, on time and (most importantly) very quietly.



Penny Legg

Writer, Editor, Photographer

Tel: 02380 438931 (office), 0752 669 0226 (mobile)

My books, published by The History Press, are out now!

Web: www.pennylegg.com