Published: 05/10/2009
ISBN: 9781848761797
Format: Hardback

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Douglas Goddard was born in Catford, South East London just after the Great War in 1920 and spent his childhood there with summer vacations on the family farm in Suffolk. In 1938 he enlisted with ... read more

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Master of None
The Life Enriched Reminiscences of a 20th Century Survivor
by Major Douglas Goddard, MBE, FCIS, RA

An autobiography of a retired Army officer, Master of None follows the complete life story of Major Douglas Goddard, from his early memoirs of childhood days in south east London and Suffolk farms, then focusing on his service as a regular army officer who fought with the 43rd Wessex Division during World War 2 from the Normandy landings through to Bremen. After the war, he was involved in the repatriation of some 30,000 Russian & Polish displaced people from the area around the Belsen/Bergen Nazi concentration camps (including attending the trial of the camp guards) and saw post-war service in the Middle East during the Suez Canal crisis.

Aside from his military career, from 1959 onwards, the book covers his successful career in the Building Industry, including various campaigns to enhance public opinion of the Industry, his extensive community service including Chairmanship of the Wokingham District Council at a time of great change and growth, and his pro-active roles in numerous local and national organisations – charitable, sporting, arts and heritage to name but a few. One outstanding example was the raising of the money to build the Wokingham Cancer Day Care centre and chairing the Trust.

The broad range of his experiences, talents and interests, together with his engaging and charmingly self-deprecating writing style, underpin the title of the book - Master of None.


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The book is an autobiography of a retired Army officer from his humble childhood in London and Suffolk farms, through the ravages of World War 2, his subsequent civilian career in the Building Industry and latterly his extensive commitment to community service. The broad range of his experiences, talents and interests, together with his engaging and charmingly self-deprecating writing style, underpin the title of the book - ‘Master of None’. It includes entertaining commentary on his sporting activities and holiday adventures.

The Author has previously published the 112th Wessex Field Regiment’s wartime history which sold some 600 copies and is a regular speaker on battlefield tours, with an annual engagement mentoring on the Joint Services Command & Staff College Advanced ‘Realities of War’ course. He has had many papers published, given many TV and Press presentations on the construction Industry, community and military affairs, is a keen sportsman and a dedicated family man.

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