WWII Memoirs launched at Carrickfergus Museum

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Carrickfergus Museum has hosted the launch of Five Uniforms, a book by Neville Henshaw, about his experiences during World War Two and his return to civilian life.

Five Uniforms

Mr Henshaw is a World War Two Veteran who served in the Royal Corps of Signals and took part in the D Day landings at Normandy, which he describes in detail in his memoirs. He recently received the Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honour, France’s highest order, awarded during a special ceremony at Thiepval barracks in Lisburn, Co Antrim.

After many years of not talking about his service during WWII, Mr Henshaw decided to put pen to paper and write his memoirs. The book, titled Five Uniforms, published by Austin MaCauley Ltd, is now available for purchase.
Outgoing Mayor Cllr Paul Reid features on the front cover, after meeting Mr Henshaw at an art installation event a few months ago.

1.Derek Smyth, OBE, Mayor Paul Reid, Mr Henshaw, Louann Blair-Turner (Mr Henshaw’s daughter)

Derek Smyth, OBE, Mayor Paul Reid, Mr Henshaw, Louann Blair-Turner (Mr Henshaw’s daughter)

A Fascinating Tale

Cllr Reid said: “I’m delighted to be here for this special book launch. This is a fascinating tale, and there are fewer and fewer left who can tell their stories first hand. I feel strongly about supporting Mr Henshaw’s tremendous endeavour in putting together this memoir. I would like to thank him for sharing his memories with us, and with the world, including the future generations to come. It is so important to have these real life accounts to provide a lasting record. Their voices should not be forgotten.”

Derek Smyth OBE, Secretary of the Irish Regiments Historical Society was also there and he helped provide some background information and context to Mr Henshaw’s wartime experiences. In a poignant tribute to Mr Henshaw’s service, he commented that the D-Day landings were “the greatest military undertaking in the history of the world.”

An emotional Mr Henshaw remarked: “We weren’t heroes, not really, we were just there to do a job. I’m overhwlemed and delighted for the support here today.”
He gave special thanks to Council, Museum staff and the Royal Corps of Signals Association.

Purchase Five Uniforms

Five Uniforms can be purchased at Carrickfergus Museum. Hard copy £17.99, paper back £8.99. T:028 9335 8241 or E: carrickfergusmuseums@midandeastantrim.gov.uk