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Tamworth set to honour heroic Sailors of both wars

Steve Dunn with his book

BIRMINGHAM author and naval historian Steve Dunn will pay tribute to the country’s heroic sailors, including Tamworth’s Colin Grazier, when he visits the town this month.

Steve has been invited to deliver this year’s Colin Grazier Memorial Lecture on the 75th anniversary of the able seaman’s death. Colin was posthumously awarded the George Cross for the “outstanding bravery and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of danger”.

He died in action, on 30 October 1942 aged just 22, while capturing vital code books from a sinking German submarine. The priceless information he rescued helped to break U-boat Enigma codes,

“Like many sailors in the First and Second World Wars, Colin demonstrated real heroism,” said Steve, whose books use heart-breaking and often untold stories of brave individuals to ensure that their sacrifices are recognised and remembered.

“I was honoured to be asked to give the lecture and hope that I can do justice to those who lost their lives.”

Steve’s talk will cover some of the aspects of heroism included in his latest book, Securing the Narrow Sea, which has just been shortlisted for the 2017 Mountbatten Maritime Award.

The accolade is part of the Maritime Media Awards, launched in 1995 by the Maritime Foundation, to honour writers and film makers whose work deepens public understanding of Britain’s dependence on the sea.

The lecture will be held at St George’s Chapel, St Edith’s Church, Tamworth on October 30, doors opening at 7pm. Funds raised will be donated to the Church Window Guard Appeal.

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