Old Boy publishes book on heroic WW1 sailors from Bury

Old Boy publishes book on heroic WW1 sailors from Bury

A BGS Old Boy has published a book which retells the lives of heroic World War One sailors from Bury.

Steve Dunn, who attended BGS between 1962 and 1971, wrote the book - 'Bayly's War' - which focuses on the unsung heroes of the war.

One hero whose tale features in the book is 16-year-old Fred Hyde — a pupil at Bury Grammar School from September 1911 until June 1914, when he left to become an apprentice in the mercantile marine.

Mr Hyde was a member of the Galgorm Castle's 24-strong crew when, nearing the end end of its journey from Buenos Aires to Queenstown carrying a cargo of maize, the vessel was torpedoed by a German U-boat, in February 1917.

Despite the crew making it in to two separate lifeboats, he was one of many who did not survive.

Mr Hyde, whose elder brother Harry had already died at Ypres in 1915, became the youngest person commemorated on the Bury Grammar School Memorial.

It is Steve's sixth book and was nominated for the Maritime Foundation's Mountbatten Maritime Award for Best Literary Contribution for Blockade: Cruiser Warfare and the Starvation of Germany in World War One.

Bayly's War: The Battle for the Western Approaches in the First World War is available from all good bookshops and online retailers.

The book is available in the library at BGS and you can read an obituary for Fred on our Archives website here.