'God, bring back my son' must surely have been a cry uttered by so many parents during World War II. When David Thomas, aged 15, and Arthur Turk, 16, signed up for the Merchant Navy on MS Empire, they did not realise that for them the war would be for life. Learning their way round their ship and the duties required of them absorbs them fully as they sail away from England to join a convoy. Disaster strikes in the form of a German U-boat, leaving David adrift and alone until taken as a prisoner on war. With David and Arthur we are carried along in this emotive narrative, sharing something of the long-term suffering experienced by so many young men in World War II and feeling its impact on their families, friends and the new wartime friends they made as their paths crossed. This is a book of great and tender humanity.
Malcolm Raymond was born 16th October 1926 in Cardiff and he resides there today.He attended the Local Elementary School until the age of 14. By this time his mind was completely focused on going to sea and he joined the Merchant Navy as a Cabin Boy. In November 1944 he enlisted in the Welsh Guards and served for the duration of World War II. After serving two years in Germany he left the Welsh Guards and returned to Cardiff in 1947.Malcolm Raymond founded the famous Ever Open Eye Youth Club for underprivileged boys, and became well known in local sporting circles. The club played a valuable part in the social life of Cardiff for many years. He received a special award forty years after founding the club that won many honours in the Cardiff and District Football League and in Welsh baseball.He retired from the Boys' Club in 1992 due to ill health. He devoted his time to his writing and, to this day, receives great pleasure from it. Malcolm Raymond has written a total of six books and God Bring Back My Son is the first to be published.