Meet Jim Haynes. He joined the Royal Navy at 16 and served the British Empire in some of the bloodiest and most horrific theatres of the last world war as a teenager, alongside hardened sailors and soldiers, on the Atlantic Ocean and in the jungles of Burma and Malaya. This is Jim's story of WWII, from the streets of a slumin Nottingham, England where he grew up to finally settling in Sydney, Australia at the age of 20, leaving behind his family (and his sweetheart, Olga) forever. Jim has led a fairly normal life - married, had children, divorced, married again and had more children, but the cost of his service back in his teens has haunted him throughout his life, affecting his happiness and that of his family. The impact of PTSD cannot be underestimated, as Jim's life proves.
|Jim (far right) and Aussie mates on board the LST 3008 ferrying soldiers and equipment after the Burma Campaign|
|Olga, aged 16|
You can buy a copy of Jim's story here:
The Boy Who Went to War on Amazon
The Boy Who Went to War (Five Senses Education)
from Five Senses Education website