The Island Gang Narratives

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Island Gang Narratives

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In Memory of Wartime Evacuee Charles (Charlie) Hall, killed August 1943 aged ten years. Always remembered. Ernie.

Who still places the memoriam so many years after the war? What is the connection between a young evacuee who disappeared in 1943, an author of children’s stories and a journalist who disappeared in 1993?

Present day reporter, Jack Duggan finds himself in real danger as he attempts to unravel a mystery stranger than anything he could have imagined.

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Book Details

Publisher: TAU Publishing UK
Category: Fiction
Paperback: 101 pages
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0-9955713-0-3

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“As we left the Security Room the dog became even more excited so I prepared for an intruder. Then I saw a boy over near the hut. He was shouting and screaming so I held the dog on close leash and approached him. He was in an awful state, sir, shaking and screaming that his brother had just been killed by an explosion inside the hut.”

“Did you hear an explosion?” The Air Commodore continued the questioning.

“No, sir.”

“Was there any indication that there had been an explosion?”

“No, sir.”

“What about the hut, was it intact?”

“Yes, sir.”

“No apparent damage to it?”

“No, sir.”

“Did you enter the hut?”

“No, sir, I don’t have the authority or the means to enter.”

“And there was no sign of another boy?”

“No, sir.”

“So what did you do?”

“The security instruction is that, in the event of an incident, Lieutenant General Hempstead must be informed immediately. Therefore, I needed to get back to the Security Room so that I could make that telephone call to him. But the boy would not come with me at first; he got it into his head that I was going to take him to be hanged. I managed to grab him and drag him to the room but he kept screaming for his brother. I had to lock the door so he couldn’t run away and I managed to make my telephone call. At 2030 hours the Lieutenant General arrived.”

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Malcolm R Gibbs

Malcolm R Gibbs Following a mixture of careers including a Chef, Aerial Installer, T.V. Engineer, Security Officer and twenty plus years in a School environment Malcolm finally retired in 2016. Living with Jan, his partner of fifteen years, on the Isle of Sheppey each day is taken up fully. Interests include Family History, an Allotment and Tai Chi.

He is a volunteer at Bluetown Heritage Centre in Sheerness where he is involved in cataloguing their artefacts and acting as a Tour Guide.

Writing “The Island Gang Narratives” was part of his long term (hopefully) ‘Bucket List’.