Once A Sapper Always A Sapper

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Stephen Hambrook's first encounter with a bomb came as an eight-year old when a German missile destroyed the roof of his family home in south London, in 1941. He had close encounters with them for the rest of his life. He spent nearly three decades as a bomb disposal expert with the British Army, and his courage and determination saw him awarded the George Medal, an MBE (Military Division) and many other accolades. This remarkable memoir recounts an astonishing career in which its modest hero helped rebuild the town of Skopje in the former Yugoslavia after a terrible earthquake, spent 29 deadly hours without a break diffusing a bomb in north London, and lost a foot while clearing UXBs in the Falklands in 1982 - but still completed a 25-mile march for charity that same year. In 28 years' experience of bomb disposal, much of it as a non-commissioned officer, Stephen Hambrook dealt with more than 2,000 incidents. He continued his commitment to the community after his retirement through relentless voluntary and charity work. His army leaving report described him as an outstanding man of the highest principles. Major Stephen Hambrook RE (Rtr) MBE GM was born in Peckham, south London in May 1933. He died in February 2015 at Tyler Hill, Canterbury. He is survived by three sons, two daughters and nine grandchildren.


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Author(s) - Stephen Hambrook RE MBE


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ISBN - 9781908336613

Dimensions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.2 cm

Page Count - 228

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