Reclaim Your Hero: Transform Your Pain into Power and thrive. Numquam Deficio (Never Quit)

As first responders and military we are the heroes for everyone else. We are first on the scene to emergencies at home and abroad.

So what then do we do when we are drowning and searching for breath?
What do we do when we can’t escape the shadow that follows us in the sun and the darkness?
What do we do when our world is spinning out of control and our world is falling apart?

I know this world. I lived under the rough seas and the shadow of PTS(D) for 10 years. As a Navy Rescue Swimmer with service in the special operations community and as a firefighter, I embraced the suck! It took me 10 years to discover what is embraced, embraces you back. I wrote this book to share my journey and show you it is possible to reclaim fun, fitness and fortitude. It is possible to come out from under the shadow and the depths.

It is possible to Reclaim Your Hero and transform your pain into power and thrive. Numquam Deficio! Never quit! Hooyah!


Meet Mathew Grace

Mathew Grace is a devoted father, a Retired Navy Rescue Swimmer, Professional Firefighter, speaker and mentor. He discovered how to Reclaim his Hero and free himself from a 10 year battle with PTS(D). His mission is to show veterans and first responders how to break through the powerlessness, overwhelm and darkness of PTS(D) so they can reclaim confidence, movement and freedom once again. Hooyah!

Gerald’s War

Gerald is ‘Missing Feared Killed!’ Would he ever get home now he’d lost his lucky mascot, but did he even want to? Gerald Davies, the eponymous hero of the book has a difficult childhood. His mother, suffering from epilepsy, is forced into an asylum by his father who has taken up with a woman half his age. Unknown to Gerald, the person he knows as his aunt is his real mother. It’s 1936 and to escape, Gerald walks the short distance to the local RAF base and joins up. He trains to be a pilot observer and is eventually attached to 211 Blenheim Bomber Squadron. He is sent to the Western Desert campaign and afterwards sees action in the Greco-Italian War. He dices with death daily and on one occasion famously goes missing for several days, having been shot down over the Ionian Sea. His family think he is dead. Meanwhile, Gerald and crew are being wined and dined by the people of Corfu during which time he meets Spiro Amerikanos, who famously befriended Gerald Durrell and his family before the Second World War broke out in Europe. At one stage, Gerald is injured and taken to hospital in Alexandria where he meets Pilot Officer Roald Dahl, who has been injured in a crash flying his Gloster Gladiator. Things get worse when Germany declares war on Greece on 6th April 1941. On Easter Sunday tragedy strikes, when all six Blenheims sent to tackle the German advance pouring into Greece are shot down. This is a true story based on the life and exploits of the uncle of the author. The book contains images from the time together with an account of the author’s momentous trip to Corfu in 2020, when he was presented with the original compass from his uncle’s downed aeroplane. A truly unforgettable and tragic tale which will keep you reading to the bitter end. Foreword to book by Sir David Jason.

Meet Nigel Davies-Williams

Nigel Davies-Williams started off his career as a police officer, ending up as a police detective before then re-training to become a maths and science teacher, which he did for five years. Afterwards he spent time in the National Health Service. His main love has always been writing though but not as a professional or published author. He has always held a fascination with genealogical research and as an ex-detective with a fascination for family history, he longed to find out what happened to his uncle after he went missing over Greece in 1941. Years of research and some startling facts has produced this sensitively written and emotional story.