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Gordon William Brunt

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Gordon William Brunt was born on 5th March 1932 in Reading, Berkshire, the youngest of three children. When World War 2 broke out he was just eight years old and had to stay at home whilst his brother Roland joined the RAF and became a pilot and his sister Joyce went away to boarding school in Hertford. An avid reader, Gordon vicariously lived the dangerous and exciting experiences of lads just a few years older than himself.

After grammar school, he joined the RAF to perform his National Service, but war was over by then and by the late 1950's he was an employee of W.H. Smith & Son, sent to the Isle of Wight to close down the Freshwater Station branch of their business.

He loved the Isle of Wight and its coastal waters with all their beauty and danger. He had enormous respect for the men who risked their lives to save others and made frequent donations to the RNLI. Gordon made the Isle of Wight his home and began to write professionally for GMS Picture Combat Library, DC Thompson & Co Commando, and Fleetway Publications Air Ace Picture Libraries, writing 109 stories in all between 1960 and 1974.

He served in the Royal Observer Corps, IOW 50 Cluster and became a local instructor in aircraft recognition and nuclear warfare.

Gordon never married. He died in December 2012, leaving two nieces, a nephew and many friends on the Island.

Added by: Jane Collins on 17 January 2014.

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