To Be Frank – Memories of an Extraordinary Life

Author: Frank Dyke
Genre: Non-Fiction
Dimensions: 12 × 8 × 2 in
Weight: 1 kg
Published: February 20, 2012
ISBN: 1-55081-383-8
EAN: 978-1-55081-383-8

At the age of 18, Frank Dyke joined the 59th Heavy
Nfld. Regiment and fought in WWII.

In 1955, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served at a number of postings including Goose Bay, Fort Churchill, and France. At the end of his military career, he took a job with the Department of External Affairs, spending two years at the
Embassy in Moscow. Later he was a radio operator offshore in
Venezuela, the North Sea, and on the Ocean Ranger. After this he began working for the United Nations as a Communications
Director, travelling to Khartoum, Sudan, with the UN World
Food Program during a time of rampant famine.

To Be Frank brings to life the most memorable
adventures of this extraordinary Newfoundlander.


“Stolid, compassionate, self-assured, Christian, loyal. Frank Dyke would appear to be a man more formed by the 19th century than the 20th.”

“[Dyke’s] observations of the enemy show a sensitivity that was rare in those terrible, tumultuous days, and he weaves together enough personal and historical detail to produce a vivid, striking portrait of a young, impressionable but centred soldier caught up in catastrophic events”

“A quick and easy read.”

-Robin McGrath, The Telegram

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