A.A. Pearse (37-40)
Commander Tony Pearse (37-40) lives in Lymington. He joined the Royal Navy in 1941 and spent his first two years onboard HMS Warspite. This ended at the Salerno Landings during the Italian campaign where the ship was very badly damaged by new German glider bombs. Further wartime years, passed mostly in convoying. After that, there were two years of bomb disposal work in Grecian waters and two years as Commanding Officer of HMS Royal Arthur, the Petty Officers school.
In 1976 he retired from the Navy after 35 years and joined Camper & Nicholsons (the luxury yacht business) as a salesman of naval and maritime equipment, eventually becoming sales director and travelling to 31 countries. He retired for a second time in 1992 and concentrated on his memoir From Stormy Seas to Calmer Waters which was published in 2008 and is still available on Amazon.