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BIOGRAPHY
Hugh Willing was a professional soldier for 36 years before retiring in 2007. Born and brought up in Kenya but latterly educated in Britain, he spent his teenage years in Nigeria and Ghana.

He joined the British Army in 1971 and served with the Royal Green Jackets and 2nd KEO Gurkha Rifles in many parts of the world. His more exotic overseas postings included Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Italy and Oman. He was an Instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and at the Army Staff College Camberley before commanding an Infantry battalion on operations in Northern Ireland. During his final posting in Oman as the Defence Attaché at the British Embassy for four years, he was closely involved in supporting British operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and in the Horn of Africa.

A Swahili, Arabic and Gurkhali speaker, he has travelled widely in Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, Arabia and the Far East both in a military and private capacity. A keen sailor he now travels the world on small cruise ships as a lecturer in British Military and Colonial History.


TALK TITLES
Areas of expertise: Middle East, Indian Ocean, Pacific, Mediterranean, Far East, Southern Atlantic.

NAME: BRIGADIER HUGH WILLING CBE


GENERAL SUBJECT: COLONIAL & MILITARY HISTORY

TALKS INDEX (BY REFERENCE NUMBER)
BRITISH MILITARY

1. ‘NELSON AND THE CORSICAN CAMPAIGN OF 1794’
2. ‘THE DISGRACE OF ADMIRAL BYNG AND THE LOSS OF MINORCA IN 1756’
3. ‘THE LOSS OF HMS PERSEUS IN THE IONIAN SEA IN 1941 AND THE ONE MAN THAT GOT AWAY’
4. ‘CRETE 1944 – THE ABDUCTION OF GENERAL KREIPE BY THE S.O.E.’
5. ‘THE CAPTURE OF GIBRALTAR IN 1704’
6. ‘THE SWAN OF THE EAST – THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE ‘EMDEN”
7. ‘DESPERATE JOURNEY – THE ESCAPE FROM THE ‘EMDEN’ AND THE VOYAGE OF THE ‘AYESHA’
8. ‘THE BATTLES OF CORONEL & THE FALKLANDS 1914’
9. ‘WAR IN THE GREEN MOUNTAINS OF OMAN - JEBEL AKHDAR 1958-9’
10. ‘THE FORGOTTEN WAR - DHOFAR 1967 – 75’
11. ‘UNCONVENTIONAL WARRIOR - T.E. LAWRENCE IN SOUTHERN JORDAN’
12. ‘Z FORCE TO SINGAPORE – THE HAPPY FEW’
13. ‘VICTORIA’S REVENGE - THE MAGDALA EXPEDITION OF 1868’
14. ‘THE FLAGSTAFF WAR IN THE BAY OF ISLANDS NEW ZEALAND 1844-45’
15. ‘COLONEL FRED – BRAVEST MAN IN ALL ENGLAND’
16. ‘D-DAY 6th JUNE 1944 – THE ALLIED ASSAULT ON NORMANDY’
17. ‘DUNKIRK 1940 – DEFEAT OR VICTORY?’
18. ‘ARNHEM – THE BRIDGE TOO FAR’
19. ‘THE WARS OF THE GOLDEN STOOL – THE ASHANTI CAMPAIGN’
20. ‘LONELY EXILE – THE LAST DAYS OF NAPOLÉON ON ST. HELENA’
21. ‘WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST – THE ‘BIRKENHEAD’ DISASTER’
22. ‘MAFEKING – BADEN-POWELL AND THE MAKING OF A BOY’S OWN HERO’
23. ‘FOES UNSYMPATHETIC’ – THE BATTLE FOR TANGA 1914’
24. ‘THE BLACK CRAFT – THE RN’s ‘PREVENTATIVE’ SQUADRON AND THE WEST AFRICAN SLAVE TRADE’
25. ‘THE HUNT FOR THE ‘WARREN HASTINGS”
26. ‘DEATH TO THE FRENCH’ – THE CAPTURE OF MAURITIUS IN 1810
27. BRITISH ADVENTURERS IN THE LIBERATION WARS OF SOUTH AMERICA
28. ‘THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS 1066 – MIRED IN CONTROVERSY’
29. SMS DRESDEN 1915 & THE EPIC ADVENTURES OF LEUTNANT WILHELM CANARIS
30. ‘STOP AT NOTHING – THE DAKAR DEBACLE OF 1940’
31. ‘FATEFUL VOYAGE – THE SINKING OF RMS LUSITANIA IN MAY 1915’
32. ‘NO PRICE TOO HIGH – FORTRESS MALTA IN WW2’
33. ‘OPERATION MINCEMEAT – THE TRAMP WHO FOOLED THE FÜHRER’
34. ‘LADY ELIZABETH BUTLER – PAINTING IMPERIAL ADVENTURES’
35. ‘NO PICNIC ON MOUNT KENYA’
36. ‘TO BE A SOLDIER – GENERAL MURRAY OF BEAUPORT PARK, HASTINGS’
37. ‘‘MAN-O-WARI WA BOMBA TATU’ - THE HUNT FOR THE SMS KÖNIGSBERG’
38. ‘SAS RAID ARGENTINA 1982 – OPERATION PLUM DUFF’
39. SPARE

TALKS INDEX (REFERENCE NUMBER)
BRITISH COLONIAL & GENERAL

40. ‘PIRATE TREASURE OF THE SEYCHELLES’
41. ‘IN SEARCH OF SINBAD’
42 ‘OMAN & THE FRANKINCENSE TRADE - THE SCENT OF HISTORY’
43. ‘MR WAGHORN’S MAILS TO INDIA’
44. ‘THE PIRATE KINGS OF PUNTLAND – AN ENCOUNTER WITH PIRATES IN 2010’
45. ‘HIGHLANDERS OF THE TROPICS – THE TEA PLANTERS OF CEYLON’
46. SPARE
47. ‘MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY – THE REAL STORY’
48. ‘ALEXANDER SELKIRK – THE REAL ROBINSON CRUSOE’
49. ‘EASTER ISLAND – LAND OF ENIGMAS BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON’
50. ‘OBSERVING VENUS – CAPTAIN COOK’S FIRST VOYAGE TO TAHITI’
51. ‘THE HUNT FOR STALIN’S BULLION – THE SILVER SHIP ‘JOHN BARRY’
52. ‘THE WEST AFRICAN SLAVE TRADE AND THE BRITISH’
53. ‘DUNEDIN STAR – SURVIVAL AND RESCUE ON THE SKELETON COAST’
54. ‘MARY KINGSLEY – FRIEND OF CANNIBALS, FISH AND FETISH’
55. ‘PIKIN PALAVER – A CHILDHOOD ON THE NIGER’
56. ‘ALEXANDER GORDON LAING – MISSION TO TIMBUKTU’
57. ‘THE COMING OF THE PORTUGUESE – PORTUGAL IN THE AGE OF DISCOVERY’
58. ‘THE SCOTTISH WIDOWS & THE HUNT FOR THE HIDDEN GOSPELS OF SINAI’
59. ‘HELL’S GORGE – BUILDING THE PANAMA CANAL’
60. ‘THE BRETHREN OF THE COAST – CAPTAIN MORGAN AND THE SACKING OF PANAMA’
61. ‘GUANO FEVER – DIGGING THE DIRT IN THE CHINCHAS OF PERU’
62. ‘MEASURING THE EQUATOR – THE FRENCH GEODESIC EXPEDITION TO ECUADOR IN 1736’
63. ‘THE GREAT AMAZON MYSTERY – WHAT BECAME OF COLONEL FAWCETT’S 1926 EXPEDITION?’
64. ‘THAT WHICH WAS THEIR DUTY’. THE LOSS OF THE MARY STANFORD LIFEBOAT OFF RYE WITH ALL 17 CREW IN 1928.
65. ‘RAFFLES OF SINGAPORE – SERVANT OF THE COMPANY’
66. ‘MATTHEW FLINDERS - THE CHARTING OF TERRA AUSTRALIS’
67. ‘A VISION OF EDEN – MARIANNE NORTH: KEW’S INTREPID ARTIST’
68. ‘SIR ROGER CASEMENT – BRITISH KNIGHT AND IRISH MARTYR’
69. ‘EMMA HAMILTON – LOVE IN THE PUBLIC EYE’
70. SPARE


TALKS BY REGION

BRITISH ISLES

15. ‘COLONEL FRED – BRAVEST MAN IN ALL ENGLAND’
16. ‘D-DAY 6th JUNE 1944 – THE ALLIED ASSAULT ON NORMANDY’
17. ‘DUNKIRK 1940 – DEFEAT OR VICTORY?’
18. ‘ARNHEM – THE BRIDGE TOO FAR’
28. ‘THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS 1066 – MIRED IN CONTROVERSY’
31. FATEFUL VOYAGE – THE SINKING OF THE LUSITANIA IN 1915
33. ‘OPERATION MINCEMEAT – THE TRAMP WHO FOOLED THE FÜHRER’
34. ‘LADY ELIZABETH BUTLER – PAINTING IMPERIAL ADVENTURES’
36. ‘TO BE A SOLDIER – GENERAL MURRAY OF BEAUPORT PARK, HASTINGS’
58. ‘THE SCOTTISH WIDOWS & THE HUNT FOR THE HIDDEN GOSPELS OF SINAI’
64. ‘THAT WHICH WAS THEIR DUTY’. - THE LOSS OF THE MARY STANFORD LIFEBOAT OFF RYE IN 1928.
67. ‘A VISION OF EDEN – MARIANNE NORTH: KEW’S INTREPID ARTIST’
68. ‘SIR ROGER CASEMENT – BRITISH KNIGHT AND IRISH MARTYR’
69. ‘EMMA HAMILTON – LOVE IN THE PUBLIC EYE’

MEDITERRANEAN

1. ‘NELSON AND THE CORSICAN CAMPAIGN OF 1794’
2. ‘THE DISGRACE OF ADMIRAL BYNG AND THE LOSS OF MINORCA IN 1756’
3. ‘THE LOSS OF HMS PERSEUS IN THE IONIAN SEA IN 1941 AND THE ONE MAN THAT GOT AWAY’
4. ‘CRETE 1944 – THE ABDUCTION OF GENERAL KREIPE BY THE S.O.E.’
5. ‘THE CAPTURE OF GIBRALTAR IN 1704’
32. ‘NO PRICE TOO HIGH – FORTRESS MALTA IN WORLD WAR II’
33. ‘OPERATION MINCEMEAT – THE TRAMP WHO FOOLED THE FÜHRER
35. ‘NO PICNIC ON MOUNT KENYA’
43. ‘MR WAGHORN’S MAILS TO INDIA’
56. ‘ALEXANDER GORDON LAING – MISSION TO TIMBUKTU’
57. ‘THE COMING OF THE PORTUGUESE – PORTUGAL IN THE AGE OF DISCOVERY’
58. ‘THE SCOTTISH WIDOWS & THE HUNT FOR THE HIDDEN GOSPELS OF SINAI’
69. ‘EMMA HAMILTON – LOVE IN THE PUBLIC EYE’

MIDDLE EAST

7. ‘DESPERATE JOURNEY – THE ESCAPE FROM THE ‘EMDEN’ AND THE VOYAGE OF THE ‘AYESHA’
9. ‘WAR IN THE GREEN MOUNTAINS OF OMAN - JEBEL AKHDAR 1958-9’
10. ‘THE FORGOTTEN WAR - DHOFAR 1967 – 75’
11. ‘UNCONVENTIONAL WARRIOR - T.E. LAWRENCE IN SOUTHERN JORDAN’
13. ‘VICTORIA’S REVENGE - THE MAGDALA EXPEDITION OF 1868’
15. ‘COLONEL FRED – BRAVEST MAN IN ALL ENGLAND’
34. ‘LADY ELIZABETH BUTLER – PAINTING IMPERIAL ADVENTURES’
42. ‘OMAN & THE FRANKINCENSE TRADE - THE SCENT OF HISTORY’
43. ‘MR WAGHORN’S MAILS TO INDIA’
51. ‘THE HUNT FOR STALIN’S BULLION – THE SILVER SHIP ‘JOHN BARRY’
58. ‘THE SCOTTISH WIDOWS & THE HUNT FOR THE HIDDEN GOSPELS OF SINAI’

EAST AFRICA

13. ‘VICTORIA’S REVENGE - THE MAGDALA EXPEDITION OF 1868’
15. ‘COLONEL FRED – BRAVEST MAN IN ALL ENGLAND’
21. ‘WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST – THE ‘BIRKENHEAD’ DISASTER’
22. ‘MAFEKING – BADEN-POWELL AND THE MAKING OF A BOY’S OWN HERO’
23. ‘FOES UNSYMPATHETIC’ – THE BATTLE FOR TANGA 1914’
35. ‘NO PICNIC ON MOUNT KENYA’
37. ‘‘MAN-O-WARI WA BOMBA TATU’ - THE HUNT FOR THE SMS KÖNIGSBERG’
43. ‘MR WAGHORN’S MAILS TO INDIA’
44. ‘THE PIRATE KINGS OF PUNTLAND – AN ENCOUNTER WITH PIRATES IN 2010’
48. ‘PIKIN PALAVER – A CHILDHOOD ON THE NIGER’
55. ‘THE COMING OF THE PORTUGUESE – PORTUGAL IN THE AGE OF DISCOVERY’
67. ‘A VISION OF EDEN – MARIANNE NORTH: KEW’S INTREPID ARTIST’
68. ‘SIR ROGER CASEMENT – BRITISH KNIGHT AND IRISH MARTYR’

WEST AFRICA

19. ‘THE WARS OF THE GOLDEN STOOL – THE ASHANTI CAMPAIGN’
20. ‘LONELY EXILE – THE LAST DAYS OF NAPOLÉON ON ST. HELENA’
24. ‘THE BLACK CRAFT – THE RN’s ‘PREVENTATIVE’ SQUADRON AND THE WEST AFRICAN SLAVE TRADE’
30. ‘STOP AT NOTHING – THE DAKAR DEBACLE OF 1940’
52. ‘THE WEST AFRICAN SLAVE TRADE AND THE BRITISH’
53. ‘DUNEDIN STAR – SURVIVAL AND RESCUE ON THE SKELETON COAST’
54. ‘MARY KINGSLEY – FRIEND OF CANNIBALS, FISH AND FETISH’
55. ‘PIKIN PALAVER – A CHILDHOOD ON THE NIGER’
56. ‘ALEXANDER GORDON LAING – MISSION TO TIMBUKTU’
57. ‘THE COMING OF THE PORTUGUESE – PORTUGAL IN THE AGE OF DISCOVERY’
68. ‘SIR ROGER CASEMENT – BRITISH KNIGHT AND IRISH MARTYR’

SOUTH AFRICA

20. ‘LONELY EXILE – THE LAST DAYS OF NAPOLÉON ON ST. HELENA’
21. ‘WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST – THE ‘BIRKENHEAD’ DISASTER’
22. ‘MAFEKING – BADEN-POWELL AND THE MAKING OF A BOY’S OWN HERO’
25. ‘THE HUNT FOR THE ‘WARREN HASTINGS”
26. ‘DEATH TO THE FRENCH’ – THE CAPTURE OF MAURITIUS IN 1810
31. ‘IN SEARCH OF SINBAD’
34. ‘LADY ELIZABETH BUTLER – PAINTING IMPERIAL ADVENTURES’
40. ‘PIRATE TREASURE OF THE SEYCHELLES’

53. ‘DUNEDIN STAR – SURVIVAL AND RESCUE ON THE SKELETON COAST’
54. ‘MARY KINGSLEY – FRIEND OF CANNIBALS, FISH AND FETISH’
55. ‘PIKIN PALAVER – A CHILDHOOD ON THE NIGER’
57. ‘THE COMING OF THE PORTUGUESE – PORTUGAL IN THE AGE OF DISCOVERY’
67. ‘A VISION OF EDEN – MARIANNE NORTH: KEW’S INTREPID ARTIST’

SOUTH AMERICA/CARIBBEAN

8. ‘THE BATTLES OF CORONEL & THE FALKLANDS 1914’
27. BRITISH ADVENTURERS IN THE LIBERATION WARS OF SOUTH AMERICA
29. SMS DRESDEN1915 & THE EPIC ADVENTURES OF LEUTNANT WILHELM CANARIS
38. ‘SAS RAID ARGENTINA 1982 – OPERATION PLUM DUFF’
48. ‘ALEXANDER SELKIRK – THE REAL ROBINSON CRUSOE’
52. ‘THE WEST AFRICAN SLAVE TRADE AND THE BRITISH’
59. ‘HELL’S GORGE – BUILDING THE PANAMA CANAL’
60. ‘THE BRETHREN OF THE COAST – CAPTAIN MORGAN AND THE SACKING OF PANAMA’
61. ‘GUANO FEVER – DIGGING THE DIRT IN THE CHINCHAS OF PERU’
62. ‘MEASURING THE EQUATOR – THE FRENCH GEODESIC EXPEDITION TO ECUADOR IN 1736’
63. ‘THE GREAT AMAZON MYSTERY – WHAT BECAME OF COLONEL FAWCETT’S 1926 EXPEDITION?’
67. ‘A VISION OF EDEN – MARIANNE NORTH: KEW’S INTREPID ARTIST’
68. ‘SIR ROGER CASEMENT – BRITISH KNIGHT AND IRISH MARTYR’

FAR EAST/AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND

6. ‘THE SWAN OF THE EAST – THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE ‘EMDEN”
7. ‘DESPERATE JOURNEY – THE ESCAPE FROM THE ‘EMDEN’ AND THE VOYAGE OF THE ‘AYESHA’
8. ‘THE BATTLES OF CORONEL & THE FALKLANDS 1914’
12. ‘Z FORCE TO SINGAPORE – THE HAPPY FEW’
14. ‘THE FLAGSTAFF WAR IN THE BAY OF ISLANDS NEW ZEALAND 1844-45’
29. SMS DRESDEN1915 & THE EPIC ADVENTURES OF LEUTNANT WILHELM CANARIS
41. ‘IN SEARCH OF SINBAD’
43. ‘MR WAGHORN’S MAILS TO INDIA’
45. ‘HIGHLANDERS OF THE TROPICS – THE TEA PLANTERS OF CEYLON’
47. ‘MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY – THE REAL STORY’
65. ‘RAFFLES OF SINGAPORE – SERVANT OF THE COMPANY’
66. ‘MATTHEW FLINDERS - THE CHARTING OF TERRA AUSTRALIS’
67. ‘A VISION OF EDEN – MARIANNE NORTH: KEW’S INTREPID ARTIST’

INDIAN OCEAN

6. ‘THE SWAN OF THE EAST – THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE ‘EMDEN”
7. ‘DESPERATE JOURNEY – THE ESCAPE FROM THE ‘EMDEN’ AND THE VOYAGE OF THE ‘AYESHA’
12. ‘Z FORCE TO SINGAPORE – THE HAPPY FEW’
13. ‘VICTORIA’S REVENGE - THE MAGDALA EXPEDITION OF 1868’
21. ‘WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST – THE ‘BIRKENHEAD’ DISASTER’
23. ‘FOES UNSYMPATHETIC’ – THE BATTLE FOR TANGA 1914’
25. ‘THE HUNT FOR THE ‘WARREN HASTINGS”
26. ‘DEATH TO THE FRENCH’ – THE CAPTURE OF MAURITIUS IN 1810
35. ‘NO PICNIC ON MOUNT KENYA’
37. ‘‘MAN-O-WARI WA BOMBA TATU’ - THE HUNT FOR THE SMS KÖNIGSBERG’
40. ‘PIRATE TREASURE OF THE SEYCHELLES’
41. ‘IN SEARCH OF SINBAD’
42. ‘OMAN & THE FRANKINCENSE TRADE - THE SCENT OF HISTORY’
43. ‘MR WAGHORN’S MAILS TO INDIA’
44. ‘THE PIRATE KINGS OF PUNTLAND – AN ENCOUNTER WITH PIRATES IN 2010’
45. ‘HIGHLANDERS OF THE TROPICS – THE TEA PLANTERS OF CEYLON’
51. ‘THE HUNT FOR STALIN’S BULLION – THE SILVER SHIP ‘JOHN BARRY’
55. ‘PIKIN PALAVER – A CHILDHOOD ON THE NIGER’
57.‘THE COMING OF THE PORTUGUESE – PORTUGAL IN THE AGE OF DISCOVERY’
65. ‘RAFFLES OF SINGAPORE – SERVANT OF THE COMPANY’
66. ‘MATTHEW FLINDERS - THE CHARTING OF TERRA AUSTRALIS’
67. ‘A VISION OF EDEN – MARIANNE NORTH: KEW’S INTREPID ARTIST’

PACIFIC

6. ‘THE SWAN OF THE EAST – THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE ‘EMDEN”
7. ‘DESPERATE JOURNEY – THE ESCAPE FROM THE ‘EMDEN’ AND THE VOYAGE OF THE ‘AYESHA’
8. ‘THE BATTLES OF CORONEL & THE FALKLANDS 1914’
12. ‘Z FORCE TO SINGAPORE – THE HAPPY FEW’
14. ‘THE FLAGSTAFF WAR IN THE BAY OF ISLANDS NEW ZEALAND 1844-45’
27. BRITISH ADVENTURERS IN THE LIBERATION WARS OF SOUTH AMERICA
29. SMS DRESDEN1915 & THE EPIC ADVENTURES OF LEUTNANT WILHELM CANARIS
47. ‘MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY – THE REAL STORY’
48. ‘ALEXANDER SELKIRK – THE REAL ROBINSON CRUSOE’
49. ‘EASTER ISLAND – LAND OF ENIGMAS BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON’
50. ‘OBSERVING VENUS – CAPTAIN COOK’S FIRST VOYAGE TO TAHITI’
61. ‘GUANO FEVER – DIGGING THE DIRT IN THE CHINCHAS OF PERU’
62. ‘MEASURING THE EQUATOR – THE FRENCH GEODESIC EXPEDITION TO ECUADOR IN 1736’
65. ‘RAFFLES OF SINGAPORE – SERVANT OF THE COMPANY’
66. ‘MATTHEW FLINDERS - THE CHARTING OF TERRA AUSTRALIS’
67. ‘A VISION OF EDEN – MARIANNE NORTH: KEW’S INTREPID ARTIST’
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
8-10 weeks per annum spent lecturing on Military and Colonial History onboard DISCOVERY, VOYAGER, QUEST FOR ADVENTURE, SAGA PEARL II and SAGA SAPPHIRE since 2010. Areas of expertise: Middle East, Indian Ocean, Pacific, Mediterranean, Far East, Southern Atlantic.
ADDITIONAL RELEVANT INFORMATION
SEAMAN'S DISCHARGE BOOKS CURRENT:
1. DB00107753 - FOR HUGH WILLING ISSUED 7 NOV 2016
2. DB00107752 - FOR MRS EJA WILLING ISSUED 7 NOV 2016

TRAVEL INSURANCE POLICY ISSUED BY NFU
POLICY NUMBER: 008X2264399/N06
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Spirit of Discovery SD017 An Italian Premiere 21 Southampton Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Black Watch W1920 Ireland Cruises 7 Liverpool Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Saga Pearl 11 P2230 South African Farewell Adventure 21 Durban Thursday, March 21, 2019
Black Watch W1804 Australia & the Far East 18 Sydney Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Boudicca D1724 Sailing to the Med, Zanzibar & Mauritius Cruise 33 Liverpool Saturday, October 14, 2017
Queen Victoria V702-711 World Cruise 2017 120 Southampton Thursday, January 5, 2017
Saga Pearl 11 P2147 South American Discovery 73 Southampton Wednesday, January 6, 2016