A Second World War veteran who chronicled his war time experiences in a fascinating diary, recently featured in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times, has died at the age of 92.
Gordon Hook was in the RAF and served in air traffic control throughout the war. On leaving the RAF, he joined the civil service, where he remained until his retirement.
Born in Blackburn in 1922, Gordon was the only son of Walter and Florence Hook. Having joined the RAF in May of 1943, Gordon took to writing a daily account of his life that would later be published by one of his daughters, Cheryl Hook, as she looked to rediscover her father’s early life after he began to suffer with Dementia in his early eighties.
Cheryl said “What amazed me about the diaries was that even when he was recounting terrifying incidents, he told the story as if it was just another day and no big drama.”
After marrying wife Doreen in 1954, daughter Arlene was born in 1955, followed later by Cheryl in 1964.
A well-known character in the village of Waddington, where he lived for many years, Gordon was a nature lover and enjoyed walking, climbing and photography.
He will be remembered by all who knew him as a gentleman in every sense of the word.