When Bill Cheall joined up in April 1939, he could not have imagined the drama, trauma, rewards and anguish that lay in store.
First and foremost a Green Howard, he saw the sharp end of the Nazis' Blitzkrieg and was evacuated exhausted. Next step, courtesy of the Queen Mary, was North Africa as part of Monty's 8th Army. After victory in Tunisia, the Sicily invasion followed. The Green Howards returned to England to be in the vanguard of the Normandy Landings on GOLD Beach (his colleague, Sergeant Major Stan Hollis won the only VC on 6 June and Bill Cheall was wounded).
Once fit, Cheall returned to the war zone and finished the war as a Regimental Policeman in occupied Germany.
paul_cheall_radio_five_live_interview.mp3Paul Cheall Radio Interview - Listen to Editor Paul Cheall's interview with Nicky Campbell on Radio Five Live, aired on 15th June 2011.
Bill’s many and varied experiences make fascinating reading. He tells his story with modesty, humility and humour.Heritage and History
THIS memoir of a Green Howards warrior from Cleveland captures the essence of the British Tommy at war – tough, determined, patriotic and with a thirst to get the job done, but without any lust... [read full review]Northern Echo Review
WHEN Paul Cheall decided to publish his father’s wartime diaries, he never expected to discover his first car still on the road after more than 75 years. The Morris Ten, which predates the Second World... [read full review]The Northern Echo, 13/06/11
Bill Cheall’s story is a remarkable one, in that it is written with compassion. His story shows us that the companionship found within the regiment provided the bond that enabled the men to endure many... [read full review]Edward Nicholl
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About Bill Cheall
Bill Cheall left school aged 14 and worked in the family grocery business. He died in 1999 at Cambridge.
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