In The Shadow of The Hun

Philip W Steel

In The Shadow of The Hun

By Philip W Steel

Published by Paul Cave Publications Ltd


This book is edited  by Philip W.Steel, tells the story of Leslie Penny, in the format of a journal.

Leslie Penny joined the Union Castle Line for a “for a quieter life” in 1925. At the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 he was serving on the “Windsor Castle”

From the commencement of hostilities, he kept a daily journal detailing the trials and tribulations of life on board, punctuated by his own dry sense of humour, also giving a running commentary on as many aspects of the War as he possibly could. Always under constant threat of enemy attack.

After the ‘Windsor Castle’ he served on the ‘Roxburgh Castle’ followed by a marathon of 891 days on the Hospital Ship ‘Llandovery Castle’ and then finally on the Union Castle Line Managed liberty ship ‘SS Samtrent’

In 1945 Leslie Penny joined ‘Stirling Castle’ as a Second Steward his first voyage was to Australia with war brides.(The above taken from the sleeve of the dust cover)

During his lifetime Leslie Penny earned the following decorations from the First and Second World Wars

Great War Medal

Victory Medal

1939 – 1945 Star

Atlantic Star

Africa Star

Burma Star

France-Germany Star

War Medal


I am indebted to Brian Bunyard for this contribution

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