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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:54 pm 
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Back in 2010 I pre ordered a book called 'Sudden Death to Touch' by Alan Owen. It is about Lt. Cdr. J Bridge who was a Royal Navy bomb disposal officer.
To date the book still hasn't been published and having contacted the publisher last week it looks as if it never will be. Nor do they hold any contact information for the author Alan N. Owen. I would dearly like to get hold of a copy or some of the information in this book as it applies directly to my portrayal of a WW2 RNVR render mines safe officer.

So my question is does anyone here know Mr Alan Owen? Do you know of a way I can contact him?

Thanks for your help.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 16:17 pm 
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No idea, but I love a challenge! A quick Google search reveals:
a)From some forum
"E-mail: alannowen@02.co.uk
Date: 19 Nov 2007
Time: 21:26
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Group Captain 'Wings' Day was CO at Schleswigland the whole time I was there - 1948-1949. He is not on your list
Alan N Owen Sunderland 19/11/07"
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"Alan N Owen in Sunderland, SR6
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We have the full address available for Alan N Owen. This was sourced from Electoral Roll records from 2009-13.
http://www.192.com/atoz/people/owen/ala ... 191403911/"

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 16:21 pm 
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... and there was something written by him in The Northumbrian six months ago (assuming it's the same one), see: https://www.thenorthumbrian.co.uk/135/


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 16:29 pm 
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...and for Lt. Cdr. J Bridge, see (though you probably know all this):
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituar ... ge-GC.html
http://www.unithistories.com/units_brit ... ty/UBD.htm


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 16:39 pm 
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"Sudden Death to Touch" shows up on various sites as having been published.
http://www.amazon.com/Sudden-Death-Touc ... 0752449710
http://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/index. ... touch.html
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sudden-Death- ... e/11593554
http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesw ... h/6514676/
Perhaps they all jumped the gun!


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Thanks for your help. I have tried the 2008 O2 e-mail address which is out of date and came back undelivered. Not sure how to go about the postal address perhaps send a letter of enquiry? Trouble is there are a lot of Alan N Owen names but which one is the author?

Lots of sites list the book as being published in December 2013. But you still can't order it. The publisher History Press say they are not planning to publish at all now.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:02 am 
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OK. Where did you get the 02 email address from? If you are sure that that is the right Alan N Owen, then that forum post at least tells us he is in Sunderland. For the postal address I think the 192.com site gives you this very basic info, then you click on a link and have to pay for the full information.

The fact that an Alan N Owen is writing in The Northumbrian suggests that this is the one who lives in Sunderland (how many writers can there be in the NE with the name Alan N Owen?). You could contact the editor of the magazine - "The Editor, Stewart Bonney, THE NORTHUMBRIAN Magazine is published by Powdene Publicity Ltd, Unit 17, St Peter's Wharf, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1TZ. Tel: 0191 265 0244 • Fax: 0191 275 2609 • northumbrian@powdene.com" and explain what you are doing.

The Amazon site about "Sudden Death to Touch" says "Alan Owen is a semi-retired journalist who still writes articles for Connoisseur Magazine and local papers. In 2007 BBC North made a documentary on John Bridge based upon Alan’s research and archive". Again, the fact that it was BBC North points to him living in Sunderland.

The Telephone directory gives this:
Alan N Owen
Tel: (0191) 548 9752
11 Cambourne Av, Sunderland, SR6 9DU

No harm in just phoning or writing - if it's the wrong one, I'm sure he won't mind; if it's the right one I think he would be delighted that someone was seriously interested in his research into his friend john Bridge.

Good luck! Owen


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:53 am 
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... also "In retirement Bridge lived at Roker, in Sunderland" - as he was a friend of Alan N Owen it seems highly likely that he lives in Sunderland too.

Not immediately relevant to you query, but look at: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30007549

And have you searched the Imperial War Museum collections for "navy diver"? - you get this sort of thing: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205120001


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Thanks Owen, I am very impressed at what you have found out there. I was considering contacting the magazine editor as the next step but I will try the telephone number first. As your logic suggests it is likely this is him. Thanks again for your help.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 18:28 pm 
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Glad to help. Research is my thing, or, "elementary, my dear Watson". :) Anyway, it takes me away from what I supposed to be doing - real life! At the moment I am putting together a St John Ambulance Prisoner of War Department scenario, with posters, relatives' parcels, letters, leaflets etc etc. Going well. So I know what is needed for something rather different.


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A pretty good chance of a result in less than two days! Definitely and excellent result! :D

My dad would have given a lot for that kind of researching and tracing ability when writing books 30 years ago. We have a filing cabinet full of letters and envelopes probably 30% or more of which resulted in a 'return to sender' or a note saying the person was deceased after weeks and months of waiting ;) As he says even to me I can't appreciate how much slower and more costly it was to do such things back then!


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Yes, Matt, agreed. The internet is amazing, but you still need imagination/lateral thinking/background knowledge etc to get results. I went back to university at the age of about 40, did a degree then MA in History and Landscape Archaeology, - my specialist subject is Norwich Cathedral in the 18th and 19th centuries - I have done lots of research and written reports for the Cathedral Archaeologist, have done research on various houses, churches etc and a bit for Time Team. I have always had an interest in WW2 so can turn my skills to that or anything else (almost!). What was your dad writing about?


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Just wondering if anything was ever achieved from this?

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Yes, I managed to contact the author, left a message on his phone and he eventually contacted me. Unfortunately the book isn't going to be published but he'd did agree to meet me and discuss content.


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