About the Book
A Soldier's Story: Neville 'Timber' Wood's War, From Dunkirk to D-Day.
Like hundreds of thousands of others, Neville ‘Timber’ Wood volunteered for military service in 1939, aged eighteen. Joining the British Army’s Tyne-Tees 50th Northumbrian Division, Timber was an ordinary young man – the son of a Hull butcher, rising no higher than a Lance Corporal but who returned in 1945 having had an ‘extraordinary’ war.
This book, written by his son Mike, is based on Neville’s extensive wartime diaries, photographs and original documents he retained until his death in 2015. As part of an 85th birthday present, Mike transcribed long conversations between father and son alongside these diaries and this forms the basis of A Soldier’s Story.
As part of the 50th Northumbrian (a division awarded more Victoria Crosses than any other and a principle fighting division for the British Army) Neville was one of the last off the beach at Dunkirk, one of the first back on it on D-Day and at the heart of El Alamein. As a driver for the Royal Army Service Corps he provided the front line with ammunition and high explosives – a job with one of the highest casualty rates. Taking part in the invasion of Sicily, and the push from Normandy to Germany, Neville saw first-hand the horrors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
About Mike Wood
MIKE WOOD is the youngest of Timber's three sons, the one to whom he talked extensively about the war. A Soldier's Story is the memoir that emerged from Timber's diaries and stories. Based in Norwich, this is Mike's first book.
‘There are so few of these remarkable men left and soon their memories will be consigned in full to the history books. So here it is, warts and all. A unique insight, a priceless record and one which, while making me feel very humble, also makes me incredibly proud to say that this is the story of my dad’s war’
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