Ray Remembers Epic Battle

Ray remembers

epic battle

His book is an eyewitness account of the

sinking of the Bismarck

 
Bismarck, Dorsetshire and Memories by Ray Lock

The book: Bismarck, Dorsetshire and Memories by Ray Lock

by Penny Tsepouras

from NorthGlen News 1/10/2004

and sent to me by my dear dad, which I‘m sharing on the www to help preserve his memory, and most importantly, to share his unique eye-witness account of epic battles from WW II through the amazing power of the net.

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FOR many of us World War II occupies a distant

place in history, far removed from our every day

lives, yet immortalised for a generation who paid

heavily for the price of freedom.

For Durban North’s Ray Lock, the recent

publication of his book Bismarck, Dorsetshire and Memories, is a recollection of events documenting his eyewitness account to one of the major historical events in WW II that has rightly found a place in historical archives.

In 1939, at the tender age of 16, Ray, eager not

to miss the action of WW II, falsified his age by

two years and managed to enlist as a seaman for

the Royal Navy.

After spending a couple of months undergoing

military training at the Natal Command in Durban, Ray was assigned as a crewmember aboard the battleship, the Dorsetshire.

His book is an eyewitness account of the events that led to the sinking of the Dorsetshire on 5 April 1942.

YEAR

“In the first year aboard the Dorsetshire not

much happened. With a crew, slightly in excess of

700, we did endless patrols in the Indian and

Atlantic oceans searching for German commerce

raiders who in turn were searching for soft Allied

targets.

“Action in the Indian Ocean then was comparatively

quiet compared with the concentrated

U-boat activity in the North Atlantic,” said Ray.

“The German battleship, Bismarck, was the

most powerful warship ever built She had a crew

of approximately 2300 and was commissioned on

24 August 1940 to cause havoc to the convoys

plying between the United States and Britain.

She could outgun and outrun any ship afloat.”

Ray’s account of the final battle that sunk the

Bismarck makes for unwavering reading.

“The battle lasted approximately one and three

quarter hours. Out of 2300. crew only 115 survived,

of which 95 where picked up by the

Dorsetshire. We then sailed northwards and finally

docked at Newcastle cheered by the dockyard

workers as we berthed.

“While in our Simon’s Town base we heard the

news on 7 December 1941 that Japan had attacked

the United States fleet at Pearl Harbour.”

The book takes the reader through the eventful

Sunday 5 April 1942 when Ray and the crew of the

Dorsetshire came under attack from Japanese

aircraft.

“Horace Howe, my friend from Queenstown

was standing next to me and took a number of

machine gun. hits across his body, he died instantly.

i received a bullet wound just above the

right knee,” he said.

Ray took another hit and was badly wounded on

the left ankle and leg.

Shrapnel also pierced his chest.

His incredible account of the rescue operation,

the long road to recovery and finally been reunited

with his father is an incredible journey portraying

an inner strength and spirit

Ray’s memories will no doubt leave a strong

impression in the mind of the reader and as one

often does when meeting an exceptional person,

the testament to the human spirit lends inspiration

to those who touch upon it.

An incredible chapter of history has certainly

been recorded in Bismarck, Dorsetshire and Memories.

Ray will be launching his book at Splashes

restaurant, Newport Avenue, Glenashley on 6

October at 6.30pm.

by Penny Tsepouras

from NorthGlen News 1/10/2004

“Man is mind
and evermore he takes the tool of thought
and, shaping what he wills,
brings forth a thousand joys,
a thousand ills.
He thinks in secret
and it comes to pass –
Environment is but his looking glass.”
– anon

Thanks so much for sharing with me, dad. Your spirit (“driven”) lives on, as I “work” * on sharing your unique story.

* It’s not really “work”, but a “labour of love”.

For further info on my dad’s book, email me at craiglock@xtra.co.nz

Or click on

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About craig lock

from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html About the Author Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. https://www.createspace.com/3779691/ and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his life’s savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season.". True! from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. https://www.createspace.com/3779691/ and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html and http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig-lock Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his life's savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" (it missed, btw!) and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season." True! The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at ebooks (digital books) http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i:books&field-author=Craig+Lock Paperbacks (see https://goldendawnpublishing.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/paperback-writer/ and https://wanttowriteabook.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/paperback-writer-the-beatles/ https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query="craig+lock"&sitesearch_type=STORE https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Lock/e/B005GGMAW4/ref=pe_584750_33951330_sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476388259&sr=1-2-ent http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books and http://goo.gl/vTpjk All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE! “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! “ “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.” PPS Don’t worry about the world ending today… as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand
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