More Lives Than a Ship's Cat

  • Author: Nichola Aldridge
  • Date: Thursday 16th June 2022
More Lives Than a Ship's Cat

‘More Lives than a Ship’s Cat’ is an intriguing title for a biography and this one has been written by a son about his father Lt G.A. (Mick) Stoke MBE DSC RN.

 

Mick passed his Special Entry Exams in November 1939 and entered Dartmouth Royal Naval College as a cadet in the 50th Special Entry intake in January 1940.

He passed out with a First and completed his cadet training on the cruiser, HMS Glasgow and appointed Midshipman on 1st September 1940. Promoted to Sub-Lieutenant two-years later he was awarded specially accelerated promotion to Lieutenant, for ‘meritorious war service’ six months earlier than normal on 1st March 1943. In addition to his MBE and DSC, he received a remarkable number of other medals - the Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Artic Star, Artic Emblem, Soviet Russian Convoy 40th Anniversary Medal and the Pacific Star, as well as the 1939-1945 Star and Silver Medal.

 

His war service is described by his son Jeremy, through Mick’s regular letters home throughout his service to his parents and fiancée, Doreen Le Poidevin, together with documents and cuttings carefully preserved over the last seventy years.

 

There has been a recent review in Yachting Monthly magazine

 https://www.yachtingmonthly.com/gear/more-lives-than-a-ships-cat-book-review-86994

 

All proceeds from the sale of this book are being donated to charities supporting the people of Ukraine and is available through  https://www.stokebooks.co.uk

 

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