Police Bust Up

So, I’ve got this idea for a new novel. A Police Chief Superintendent discovers his wife, who is an Assistant Chief Constable in the same Force, is having an affair with the Chief Constable, and allegedly punches the Chief Constable in the face at a BBQ, to which Police officers from the same force are then called to deal with. To keep the identities of the participants private we could even change the log. Throw in a bit of bullying of those who have got wind of the incident, to make sure they don’t reveal anything that might be ever so slightly embarrassing to those involved, and hey presto! we have a best selling novel. Or maybe then again …….not.

Foreign Aid

Well the loonies have finally taken over the world. In the news this week, Mark Lowcock, Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Development was given a £20,000 bonus, as his department met a target to spend billions more on overseas development. What world do these people live in.

Now I’m all for helping those who are not so well off, but as the saying goes, “Charity begins at home.” The government has a ludicrous immigration policy which causes chaos in our hospitals, doctors surgeries and schools. They struggle to cope because of government policy and the government then sits back and blames these institutions for failing to reach unachievable targets which have been set by ….. yes that’s right, government.

There are cut backs in policing, street lights are switched off at midnight to save money. Millions of pounds are being spent on translation services to assist non English speaking people who use hospitals, schools or who come into Police custody. Policing, education, the Fire Brigade and the NHS to name but a few are having their budgets cut and are being told that they will have to do more with less just so that the Coalition government can carry on committing 0.7 per cent of national income on foreign aid, some of it to corrupt regimes, but still it gets sent. In 2013 this sum was an unbelievable staggering £11.46 billion and to add insult to injury for some reason Mark Lowcock’s job not only comes with a mind blowing salary of £165,000, but as if that’s not enough he is then given what is believed to be a £20,000 bonus for making sure this country spends billions on foreign aid.

I’m a person of average intelligence, but my brain will  just not let me grasp how this whole debacle can possible be right, regardless of any amount of government spin which is placed on the issue.

I surely cant be the only one thinking that if we stopped paying out all of this money in foreign aid, and spent it on problems and issues which we have in this country, then life in this country would greatly improve across the board. Oh and by the way remember, we are trillions of pounds in debt which we then have to pay millions of pounds in interest on. Remind me again why and how we can afford to pay out £11.46 billion.

Disaster Before D-Day

by Stephen Wynn on August 9, 2019

Writing any book is enjoyable, but knowing that something I have written has had a positive impact on someone’s life, makes it even better. I received the following e-mail from Allan J Cameron Jr in the United States.


I read your book Disaster Before D-Day today and I could not put it down. My father is on the cover of the book. He is the soldier holding the cable on the Higgins boat landing ramp. My dad (deceased) Pfc Allan J Cameron was a Combat Engineer that volunteered to go with the invasion force to Omaha (his unit never left England).

My brother found a copy of this photo on the internet. It was described as the landing at Omaha Beach. I did some research and one of the researchers at the D Day Museum in New Orleans, LA said that it was most likely not Omaha but rather Slapton Sands in England.

Like many men of the “Greatest Generation” my father Allan J Cameron (31299492) did not give us much in the way of details of his service. It was not something they talked about, it was just something they did.

Allan enlisted in the US Army at the age of 18 (24 Feb 1943) in Boston, Ma near where he grew up in Summerville, Ma. He was assigned to the 444 Engineers and after training in the States he was shipped to England (17 Jul 1943).

Pfc Cameron was the oldest son of Scottish immigrants and before he left for England his father told him that if he wanted to survive the war and life in the military “volunteer for everything”. When the call went out for Engineers for the invasion my dad “volunteered”.

After my father’s death in 1990 my mother was invited to a reunion of the 444th Engineers and she learned that he was the only soldier from his unit that left England. In a subsequent search for Al’s military records we found that they were lost in a fire in Overland, Missouri in 1972.

After his discharge in 1946, Al returned to civilian life where he met his wife Irene and started a family. Being an avid Boston Red Sox (Baseball) fan, Al heard that Red Sox star Johnny Pesky was going to appear in the area and decided to go. He was told that he had to sign up for the Army Reserves in order to get in to see Pesky, (“don’t worry, you don’t do much in the Reserves and the money is good”). A few months later he was in Korea because he was a trained combat veteran.

It took me way too long to realize that these men were the “Greatest Generation” because we were too busy being the rebellious youth of the 60’s and 70’s (we were so stupid back then).

I recently came across you book and bought it to add to my collection.

Allan J Cameron Jr.


by Stephen Wynn on July 13, 2018

This book is due to be published in December 2018 in hardback. I have just been informed by the publisher that it will also be coming out in paperback in September 2019.

Mix up over Hyphens

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An article appeared in the Daily Mail newspaper this week, written by the papers science correspondent, Victoria Allen. It concerned Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer, who is a linguistics professor at Ludwig Maximillan University of Munich.

After studying 10,000 words, including hyphens, Christina has found that four basic rules will work 75% of the time. Now thats all clear in your head, here is a flavour of what she said. “If a word is a verb, adjective, or adverb, it probably needs a hyphen. Chain-smoke and broken-down are good examples.” Got that? “If the noun has three or more syllables, it is two separate words. Examples here include bathing suit and washing machine.” Hopefully that has cleared up any and all ambiguities and everything is now absolutely crystal clear.

There was more to the article, which once I have worked out what all of the above actually means, I will add in at a later date.

The Surrender of Singapore

by Stephen Wynn on November 27, 2017

My thanks to Prem Singh from Singapore for highlighting a couple of unfortunate errors in my book, The Surrender of Singapore – Three Years of Hell – 1942 – 1945.

On page 83 of the book I make mention of the Battle of Maur, when it should of course be the Battle of Muar. Sadly, this was a typo that simply wasn’t picked up in the editing stage of the book.

Just after page 84 there are a number of photographs, one of them is titled, Lim Bo Seng’s Funeral in Singapore, 15 Singapore 1942. The date is of course incorrect. Lim Bo Seng’s funeral actually took place on 13 January 1946. This for me is extremely frustrating, as when first pointed out to me I found it hard to believe that I could have made such a basic mistake. Having checked the captions which I sent in with the photographs, during the original submission stage of the manuscript for the book, the entry for photograph (13) read, Lim Bo Seng’s funeral in Singapore, that was it, there was no date. So unfortunately the date has been inadvertently added in during the editing stage.

Once again, many thanks to Prem Sing for pointing this out, and hopefully this doesn’t spoil the rest of the book for those of you who have bought, or otherwise come to read the book.

Second Lieutenant Allan Gladstone DOW – Dartford in the Great War

by Stephen Wynn on October 27, 2017

My thanks to Cllr David Hurley of Gravesham Borough Council who spotted something on page 84 of the book.. Part of what I have written about Second Lieutenant Allan Gladstone DOW, reads as follows.

“His Medal Index Card shows a strange entry. Somebody has hand written, ‘Killed 17-8-17’. The word killed has at a later time been crossed through and replaced with ‘Drowned.”

David Hurley e-mailed me with the following.

“I can explain. I visited Watling Street Cemetery, Dartford, where Lt DOW is buried. His headstone reads: “Lt Allan George (Note: Not “Gladstone”) DOW, RFC Drowned after a collision in the air while flying at Joyce Green Airfield, Dartford, 17 August 1917. Aged 22. Erected by Brother Officers, No. 63 Training Squadron, RFC.”

Apparently, Lieutenant DOW collided in mid-air with another aircraft and crashed into the River Thames, where he drowned.

The Commonwealth War Graves website, shows his middle name as Gladstone.