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Book Launch on Victory Day
Tuesday 9 May 2017
The Royal College of Defence Studies


The book launch was held at the Royal College of Defence Studies in Seaford House, Belgrave Square, by invitation of Rear Admiral John Kingwell CBE, the Deputy Commandant. A quarter of the print run of 500 books has been sold and the guests attending the launch donated 183.15 to TS Venomous, the Sea Cadet Unit at Loughborough.

Seaford HouseEntrance Hall to Seaford House
The book launch was held at Seaford House in Belgrave Square, the home of the Royal College of Defence Studies for 90 years
Courtesy of Arthur Charles and Judy Peason

Rear Admiral John Kingwell RN and Capt John Rodgaard USN (Ret)Rear Admiral John Kengwell RN
John Rodgaard
John RodgaardStephen Barney
Bill Forster, Holywell House Publishing
Rear Admiral John Kingwell CBE and Capt John Rodgaard USN (Ret)
John Rodgaard and Stephen Barney
John Rodgaard and Bill Forster

Photographs courtesy of Judy Pearson and Yuriko Oikawa

Jim McLoughlinGay  Hamilton, Michael Sangster and Stephen Barney
Left: Jim McLoughlin, son of Daniel McLoughlin a survivor of HMS Hecla rescued by HMS Venomous
Right: Gay Hamilton and Michael Sangster with Stephen Barney, a Midshipman in Venomous in 1943

Photographed by Bill Forster
Frank Witton, HMS WoolstonPeter Scott, HMS Wolfhound
Veterans of two sister ships whose stories are told on the website of the V & W Destroyer Association
Frank Witton of HMS Woolston on the left and Peter Scott of HMS Wolfhound on the right
Courtesy of Judy Pearson

Reception at Book Launch
John Rodgaard signing books at the launch of A Hard Fought Ship
Above: Reception in the Wardroom of the RCDS with Roderick Campbell son of Alex Campbell, CW Candidate in Venomous, centre facing camera
John Rodgaard signs copies of his book for Christine Urquhart Furre, the daughter of William Urquhart, a stoker in HMS Venomous (1942-3), who flew from Norway to attend the launch
Bill Forster, the publisher, is in the centre facing the camera

Take a look inside the hardback edition to see how the new design and larger format has transformed its appearance
"The book does indeed look superb, the first thing I notice is that all the photographs look so much more clear and light-filled, and the print and paper quality crisper and clearer as well"
Michel Sangster, son of Lt Tony Sangster RN, HMS Venomous (1942-3)

And view the list of illustrations and endnotes with live links to pages on the Internet and PDFs of documents
You can buy a copy online by clicking on the link below
A Hard Fought Ship


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