Tom Pocock

Thomas Allcot Guy Pocock (1925-2007), writing under the name Tom Pocock, was an English biographer, war correspondent, journalist and naval historian.

He was the son of the novelist and educationist Guy Pocock, who taught Lord Mountbatten at Dartmouth, and attended Westminster School and Cheltenham College. He joined the Royal Navy in 1943, being present at D-Day and then serving as naval "minder" to war correspondents covering the Battle of Normandy. Falling ill, by the end of 1944 he was demobbed, and became a war correspondent at only 19 years old. He spent four years with the Hulton Press current affairs magazine group, being one of the first journalists to see Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and learning his trade from Alan Moorehead (later becoming his biographer). He then moved on to be a feature-writer and then Naval Correspondent on the Daily Mail, and then (in 1952) Naval Correspondent of The Times.

He was a foreign correspondent and special writer for the Daily Express from 1956 to 1959, then from 1959 was feature writer, Defence Correspondent, war correspondent and finally Travel Editor on the Evening Standard. He won the Mountbatten Maritime Prize in 2004.

He is a descendant of Vice-Admiral Sir George Pocock, KB. the captor of Havana in the Seven Years War.

AOS Naval Non Fiction

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Year  Book  Comment
  Remember Nelson The Life of Sir William Hoste
  Captain Marryat Seaman, Writer and Adventurer
  The Terror Before Trafalgar Nelson, Napoleon and the Secret War

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