Lt-Gen Sir Brian Horrocks (1895-1985)
The prominent WWII general Brian
Horrocks, commander of XXX Corps at
In wartime, General Montgomery used to refer to him as “Jorrocks,” a nod to the good-natured sporty character in R S Surtees’ Victorian stories. He was similarly known for his affability in Emsworth where, having become a keen sailor, he had a weekend cottage on the Millpond seawall from 1956.
“At the age of 61, I
attended with my wife [
“During the lovely summer
of 1959, day after day, I sat at the window of our cottage in Emsworth
writing the first edition of this book , while the sun shone down
outside and in front of me lay the wide expanse of
My little craft turned and headed out into the wider waters of the Harbour. The irritations and frustrations slipped away. The only things that mattered were the pulse of the restless sea coming to me through the tiller, and the chuckle and talk of the water against the sides of the boat.
The enchantment lasted until the
westering sun sent me reluctantly, in golden twilight or story sunset,
back to the shore and the seaward end of the lane [
We gradually acquired a larger keel boat which we named Ilona, after our granddaughter. It was paid for by the proceeds of the first edition of this book, and in it we were able to go further afield.
On moving to
A Full Life by Brian Horrocks (new edition 1974)