I am afraid Barry could not get published through "regular publishers"
- which is a shame - and had to turn to kind of self-editing (Trafford
Publishing). Barry was at the Pegasus Memorial on June 5th and 6th signing
his book and will probably be back next year.The book may be ordered online
from Trafford Publishing
or various online bookshops..
d'ya do in the war Dad? by Barry Parr - Son of Wally. Trafford
Publishing.- 268 p.
of an 'ordinary' D-Day Cockney soldier who somehow reached 'extraordinary'
heights - like so many others, it is a story of laughter and tears,
of triumph and tragedy.
book is: 'Dedicated to Peace - which sadly can only be achieved through
War.' It tells the true story of my father Wally Parr who took part
in the famous raid to capture Pegasus Bridge in Normandy on the eve
of D-Day in 1944. It not only covers his war years but also his latter
life when, at the 40th anniversary of D-Day, the author Stephen Ambrose
wrote 'Pegasus Bridge' a book that told the intimate story of the raid
and reunited many of my father's comrades for the first time since the
war. After my mother's death my father retired to Normandy and became
actively involved in preserving the old bridge when it was replaced
with a new one. He was also involved in the team that was responsible
for the building of a new museum in Benouville that housed the old bridge
and a full scale replica of a Horsa Glider. He met Prince Charles when
he opened the museum in the year 2000. The purpose of this book is to
preserve and honour the memory of these fine men and to pass on to the
next generation the importance of what they did. My family story is
similar to thousands of others from all over the world - my hope is
that this book may inspire others to record their own history for their
children and their children's children. This is not your basic war history
book - far better equipped authors have covered the ground more than
adequately, instead it is a first-hand account given to me personally.
There will be people out there who will demand to see my credentials,
others will ask what qualifications I have - to those people my answer
is simple: I have only one - I am my father's son.
Parr was born in 1950. He left school at 16 and joined a firm of Turf
Accountants in London's Mayfair. In 1977 he joined his father Wally
(the subject of this book) in his window cleaning business. In 1991
his father retired to France and left the business to Barry. Throughout
his life Barry has enjoyed writing - one of his ambitions was to write
his father's life story but struggled to to find the spare time. In
September 2005 he had a serious fall from his ladder which resulted
in him giving up window cleaning for good. For the past year he has
been recovering from his injuries and this book is the result of the
spare time he suddenly had !
Table des matières
Parr's web page
Father's Memories Alive : un article du Newshopper du 9
than war stories, a book about Father and Son (it takes time to really
get to know each other), and a sociological document : the
history of a British family in the 50's and 60's".
Barry Parr's Poem is on exhibit in the Pegasus Memorial (yellow arrow) More about the Memorial