Trevor is a veteran of 5 years in the Royal Navy and is now semi-retired (not by choice). He lives in Somerset in the West of England.
A lot of Trevor’s work is incomplete. These days he tends to use historic events to tell of things that were a little too close to the reality of his experiences. For example, Aethelwulf and Haldane are based on two men who died in Borneo in January 1963.
One was a soldier with a gaping wound that exposed his shattered spine the other was a marine who trod on a mine and had his manhood blown away. They both died in the boat that was taking them back to a ship; they both seemed to be serene near the end. When Trevor later enquired, he discovered that neither had next of kin; both had been orphaned in WWII. Slow death seems to Trevor to be an intimate thing. Some days he wishes that he had never been in the Navy. Playing football in Bristol, he reckons, would have been a happier way to spend formative years.
Trevor was brought up in a blitzed and ruined city. He reflects that all those bomb sites made the biggest adventure playground any kids have ever had. It’s rebuilt now and has corporation run playgrounds. There is so much irony in war and in history.
Trevor recently visited Brent Knoll near Burnham to get a good view from the top. There are remains of an Iron Age hill fort there, Roman remains, British and Saxon fortifications and even trenches that surrounded a WWII position. From the top of the Knoll, the Channel can be seen, all the way to Caerleon in one direction and to the Tor at Glastonbury across the misty levels in the other direction. For millennia people have fortified and fought over this spot. On a clear day it all seems worth it. It’s worth it just for the great view.
Index of Writings
- A Twine-Maker Went to Market
- Dead Man on the Beach
- Devout, Doubting, Then Resolved
- Drowned Sailor
- Government Recognition…?
- Helicopter Down
- HMS Bluebell
- Sagas of the Sea
- Sailor not an Airman nor a Soldier
- Suicide Bomber’s Song
- The Atlantic Blockade (1807-1860)
- The Last Casualty
- The Last Flight
- The Mine
- Typists in the Towers
- Wessex Sagas
- The Saga of Alfred and Gudrum
- The Saga of Child Aethelwulf
- The Saga of the Half-Dane Child
- The Saga of the Sorrowful
- The Saga Of Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians
- Cerdic’s Saga – The Beginnings
- The Saga of the Spiteful: Part 1
- The Saga of the Spiteful: Part 2 – Frigar’s Saga
- The Saga of Soft Glimmering Lights
- Saga of a Darkened Soul – The Saga of Alfred and Haestan
- A Saga in a Passing Moment
- The Children Of Gewis: Part The First: Gewis To Aethelburg