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Battle Ensign

Thomas E. Lightburn

Lieutenant Commander Hugh Manley, and the crew of HMS Helix, endure perilous voyages in service on the Royal Navy, during World War Two. During a spell of leave, he meets Laura, and instantly falls in love. However, duty must come first, and as he once more sets sail, the thought of returning to Laura keeps his spirits lifted. When tragedy strikes at home, Hugh must persevere as his ship is sent on the risky and top secret mission, Operation Jubilee.

An action-packed account of the raid at Dieppe, and life on the sea during World War Two.

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Thomas E. Lightburn served twenty-two years in the medical branch of the Royal Navy, reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He left the service in 1974 and obtained a Bachelors (Hons) degree at Liverpool University. After teaching for sixteen years, he volunteered for early retirement. He then began writing for The Wirral Journal and The Sea Breezes, a worldwide nautical magazine. He interviewed the late Ian Fraser, VC, ex-Lieutenant RN, and wrote an account of how he and his crew crippled the Japanese cruiser, Takao, in Singapore.

Thomas is a widower and lives in Mersyside pursuing his favourite hobbies of soccer, naval and military history, the theatre, art and travel.