Ian Menzies, former Glasgow Herald reporterHingham, MA—The Cheshire Press is proud to announce the publication of WE FOUGHT THEM ON THE SEAS: Seven Years In The Royal Navy, a memoir by Ian S. Menzies, long-time Hingham resident and well-known Boston Globe columnist.
and post-war naval correspondent,
Publishes World War II Memoir
Now in his ‘nineties, Menzies is still working his craft, but in 1937, he was a seventeen-year-old budding journalist in Glasgow, Scotland. When World War II erupted, Menzies put his writing career on hold and joined the R.N.V.R (Royal Navy Volunteer Reserves), rapidly rising to the rank of lieutenant. Now, in his tenth decade, he has yielded to pressure from family and friends and has published this polished memoir that will stand as a valuable testament to one of twentieth century’s most critical times.
This splendid book is far more than one man’s memoir. While it is that, it is also a dramatic account of the war that took place on the seas. Written with eloquence and authority, it is a richly detailed and vivid narrative of life on a British destroyer with its hours of boredom interrupted by harrowing episodes of naval battles and sea rescues.
Menzies’s service took him from the Shetland Islands, to the West Indies and to Africa’s Belgian Congo. It took him from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, and from Dakar to Malta, then Algiers. It took him aboard five different ships, three of them destroyers, and to landings in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Normandy on D-Day. Menzies writes of wartime courage and humanitarianism, and he includes moving accounts of the sinking of The Empress of Canada, the Murmansk convoys and the D-Day assignment that earned him the D.S.C. (Distinguished Service Cross).
Ian Menzies returned to journalism while still in uniform when he was assigned to the British Information Services stationed in New York. After the war, he married Barbara Newton Menzies and settled in her hometown of Hingham. Shortly after, he joined The Boston Globe, serving as managing editor in 1965, then as associate editor and columnist in 1971. Upon reaching mandatory retirement age in 1985, he was invited to become a senior fellow at UMass Boston’s McCormack Institute where he taught and organized seminars on urban affairs. At the same time, The Quincy Patriot Ledger asked him to continue writing the column he had been doing for the Globe and which had ceased upon retirement. He is presently at work on a book about his 37 years at The Boston Globe.
WE FOUGHT THEM ON THE SEAS is a 210-page book, available in both soft cover and hardcover, and illustrated generously with maps and photographs from the author’s personal collection. A series of charming illustrations by Barbara Newton Menzies, the author’s late wife—a talented, professional illustrator—provides a delightful and light-hearted counterpoint to this dramatic book.
Review copies of the book are available on request by calling: The Cheshire Press at +1 978 664-3040.
Copies of WE FOUGHT THEM ON THE SEAS can be ordered online at the The Cheshire Press website: http://www.cheshirepress.com/menzies.
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