Late veteran’s WW2 memoir details life in Northumberland training camp
Jeremy Middleton holding Memoirs of a Not Too Serious Hussar
Jeremy Middleton, the North East entrepreneur and philanthropist, is publishing his veteran father’s memoirs posthumously, to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the conflict in North Africa.
The book, ‘Memoirs of a Not Too Serious Hussar’, written by Dennis Middleton decades after he served in WW2, details not only the horrors, but also the humour of his experience in combat.
Dennis describes how, as war approached, he joined a Territorial Army artillery unit and was trained at Redesdale Camp, Northumberland. He goes on to paint a vivid picture of his experiences in the Western Desert, where he served in the 8th Army.
Under Field Marshals Wavell and Montgomery, he fought in six major battles, including the siege of Tobruck, where he was taken prisoner before being released six days later.
He went on to serve in newly liberated Europe where he had more adventures, which often bordered on the surreal.
He prepared the handwritten memoir in the mid-1990s, as a record for himself and his family.
Jeremy, who runs Newcastle-based investment firm Middleton Enterprises, says that like many, his father was reluctant to talk about his experiences.
Jeremy said: “When I read it I can hear my father’s voice. He didn’t talk about the war much and, although we had heard the odd story, I had no idea what it was really like until I read the book. I decided to publish it as it brings history alive by recounting at first hand the real experiences of that generation, experiences my generation has been spared, and experiences I hope and pray my children will be spared too.’’
The book has been launched on 18 May to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the end of the Battle in Tunisia, which marked the capitulation of Axis forces in North Africa. It is published by Sunderland-based Remember Media for £19.95.
Remember Media managing director Chris March says: “Memoirs of a Not Too Serious Hussar is a remarkable book: exciting, moving and often very funny. Dennis Middleton comes across as an ordinary man who was made extraordinary by the way in which he rose to the challenges of war. His essential humanity is always present, and his sense of the ridiculous is never far away.’’
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Memoirs of a Not Too Serious Hussar
By: Dennis Middleton with Jeremy Middleton
Available on amazon kindle for £9.95 and in hard copy from Remember Media at £19.95
About the Author
Dennis Middleton joined the Territorial Army in 1939 knowing that war was coming. He fought with the South Notts Hussars (107th Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery) and the 76th Artillery Regiment in nine countries during WW2, including Egypt, Italy, France and Germany.
In civilian life, he worked for Barclays Bank before and after the war, where he went on to become a senior manager before he retired. In later life, he spent more than two decades travelling the world with his wife Vivienne until his death in 2005 at the age of 85.
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