Beyond the Call of Duty
Thomas E. Lightburn
Based on true events, this is a story of love, deceit and courage. Surgeon Lieutenant Clive Drummond leaves Lorna, the woman he loves, and joins HMS Glimmer, an old ‘G’ class destroyer. He soon clashes with the captain over medical problems that affect the ship’s movements. However, these become irrelevant, when in the North Sea, Glimmer is detached from the convoy she is escorting and in dense fog, finds herself confronted with an enemy battleship. Due to electrical failure Glimmer‘s captain is unable to report the danger to the convoy. Drummond is faced with a dilemma… Somehow the enemy must be prevented from attacking the convoy. Should he, in true Nelsonian spirit, confront the enemy and sacrifice his ship, or turn away? Would any of his crew survive if he did so? Will Drummond live to see Lorna again?What should Glimmer‘s captain do? The names of the main characters and the ships have been changed to preserve privacy, but the details of one of the bravest naval actions during World War Two are real.