Geoffrey : Being the Story of "Apple" of the Commandos and SAS Regiment
Bramley born Geoffrey is the subject of many books detailing his bravery from Dunkirk to West Africa and cross channel raids on Occupied France and the Channel Islands.
Following service in the RASC, No. 7 Commando and No. 62 Commando (where he commanded the Small Scale Raiding Force) was the first Second in Command of The Second SAS Regiment/2SAS.
He is reputed to have been one of the inspirations for James Bond due to his wartime service with Ian Fleming and was captain of the British Ski Team in 1938 and 1939
Much of Geoffrey’s war was top secret so not mentioned in his letters. In recent years many hitherto secret files in the National Archives have been released. Recent books have greatly expanded the stories told by Geoffrey but Geoffrey remains the original definitive story, and the backbone on which recent books are based.
He was posted Missing in Action on 13 July 1943 (aged 26) near Sicily, Italy and his remains were never discovered.
The centenary of his birth was 20th December 2016 and on 11th November, 2016 he was unveiled on one of the new plaques at Bramley War Memorial and within our Book of Remembrance, now on display at Bramley Library.
Geoffrey’s father, John Ernest Appleyard, wrote an illustrated memoir to Geoffrey, published 70 years ago this book is still a collector’s item not least, as it contains many of Geoffrey’s own words from his letters.
This is apart of a limited reprint of 700 hardback copies of this illustrated 200 page book. Copies are supplied with a numbered bookplate.