Churchill’s Admiral in Two World Wars

Churchill’s Admiral in Two World Wars written by Jim Crossley and published by Pen and Sword Books £25.00 – Hardback – Pages 200

This book looks at the life of a man, Lord Keyes, Admiral of the Fleet, an intriguing and interesting man of who I would say had many depths and could be seen as a jar of Marmite, people either liked him or didn’t. The story starts out when he was young a smart likeable person and we learn about how he grows through life in the Navy and accomplishes himself very well to reach a certain level. Eventually we go through his story and sadly at the end he lost his son in North Africa.

I would say that what comes across in this book is that Lord Keyes comes across as a bi of a middle of the road kind of guy, a kind of guy you could get on with, but he didn’t really stand out at anything and was a bit hard to get along with if you weren’t from his group of friends. Keyes first worked with Churchill at Gallipolli, but was already seen as the nearly man. I think the problem for Keyes is that he was born at the wrong time, as he’s there for the First World War but at the height of his career, when he was Commander of the Mediterranean Fleet, which was during the inter-war years. By the time of the Second World War he had been eclipsed by Betrand Ramsey and so his day had come and gone. It should be said that Lord Keyes was an excellent sailor, I was say he was just unlucky in that he never seemed to be in the right situation at the right time. A very good read indeed, I would give this book a very good 4 out of 5 star rating.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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