John Geoffrey Appleyard, DSO, MC and Bar – “Apple of the Commandos”, SSRF and SAS.
Bramley born Geoffrey is the subject of many books detailing his bravery from Dunkirk to West Africa and cross channel raids on Occupied France and the Channel Islands.
Following service in the RASC, No. 7 Commando and No. 62 Commando (where he commanded the Small Scale Raiding Force) was the first Second in Command of The Second SAS Regiment/2SAS.
He is reputed to have been one of the inspirations for James Bond due to his wartime service with Ian Fleming and was captain of the British Ski Team in 1938 and 1939
Much of Geoffrey’s war was top secret so not mentioned in his letters. In recent years many hitherto secret files in the National Archives have been released. Recent books have greatly expanded the stories told by Geoffrey but “Geoffrey” remains the original definitive story, and the backbone on which recent books are based.
He was posted Missing in Action on 13 July 1943 (aged 26) near Sicily, Italy and his remains were never discovered.
The centenary of his birth was 20th December 2016 and on 11th November, 2016 he was unveiled on one of the new plaques at Bramley War Memorial and within our Book of Remembrance, now on display at Bramley Library.
The Book: “Geoffrey, Being the Story of Apple of the Commandos and Special Air Service Regiment”.
Geoffrey’s father, John Ernest Appleyard, wrote an illustrated memoir to Geoffrey, published 70 years ago – this book is still a collector’s item not least, as it contains many of Geoffrey’s own words from his letters.
We have reprinted, in the UK, 700 hardback copies of this illustrated 200 page book. Copies are supplied with a numbered bookplate and specific numbers can be ordered.
Copies are now availlable at a cost of £11.99 plus post and packing, (£3.00 for one copy and £2.00 each for extra copies). They are posted First Class within 24 hours of receipt of order.
The book is 212 mm x 135 mm Cased PPC, 200 pages and 9 x 2pp Illustrations, ISBN No. 978-1-5272-0076-0
We have kind permission and support from his family to seek support to clean and restore his Memorial in Bramley Baptist Churchyard to its original condition when established in 1946, The only Memorial on consecrated ground outside of the Cassino Memorial, Itlay that names and pays tribute to this very brave man
All proceeds including donations, other than direct print and postage costs will be utilised to renovate and maintain the Appleyard Memorial.
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Copies can also be purchased from Bramley Ironmongers (opposite the Memorial).
Film featuring the Appleyard Memorial http://www.bramleywarmemorial.com/paying-tribute/