GEORGE MILLAR DSO MC (1910-2005) read architecture at St John’s College, Cambridge. After a brief spell as a journalist on The Daily Telegraph, he joined The Daily Express, becoming their Paris correspondent.During the war he initially served with the Rifle Brigade. He was captured in North Africa, escaped from a German prisoner-of-war camp and safely made his way back to England via occupied France and the Pyrenees – an escape he later wrote about in Horned Pigeon (1946). He then returned to France as an agent to serve alongside the French Resistance, an experience described in Maquis (1945), and for which he was awarded both the Légion d’Honneur and the Croix de Guerre.After the war, in summer interludes from farming 1000 acres at Sydling St Nicholas in Dorset, George and his wife Isabel cruised the Baltic, European waters and Mediterranean in a succession of ‘classic’ yachts; the 30 ton Truant; Serica, a 16 ton sloop now in a Canadian museum; the 10 metre Norwegian cutter Irene VIII; and the 50 ft yawl Amokura.George Millar’s books recounting his cruises are Oyster River, Isabel and the Sea (both of which have been republished by The Dovecote Press) and A White Boat from England. His other books include Siesta (1950), Through the Unicorn Gates (1950), Orellana (1954), Horseman (1970), The Bruneval Raid (1979) and Road to Resistance (1979).