Cocking author’s book tells wartime bravery tale

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AUTHOR Roger Field is getting maximum exposure locally for his book about the wartime action of a man dubbed both brave and dangerous.

Mr Field, who lives at Cocking, has his book Rogue Male: Death and Seduction in World War II with Mister Major Geoff on display at Kavanagh’s Budgens supermarket in Midhurst, and on August 29 he will be doing a book signing there.

Then on September 9, the Grange Centre is hosting an evening where he will be talking about the research behind the book with some captivating tales and titbits of his own.

While serving in the British Army for ten years, Roger Field saw action with the Blues and Royals in the Falklands. He became fascinated with the untold story of ‘Major Geoff’, or Geoffrey Gordon-Creed, following a chance conversation with his son.

Geoffrey Gordon-Creed won the Military Cross on his first day in action in North Africa, day one of an 11-day tank battle which saw his regiment all but destroyed. He went on to fight with the SAS before joining the Special Operations Executive.

In Greece, Geoff, who was then 23, destroyed the ‘unattackable’ Asopos Viaduct. The Germans sent a division to Greece and shot the guard commander and ten men, convinced there had to have been treachery. Geoff got an immediate DSO, one down from a VC.

The book is on sale at Budgens at the special price of £12.99 (RRP £18.99). To reserve a place at the Grange event, call the centre on 01730 816481.