"The story of the 1689 siege of Londonderry proclaims the power of God in the incredible resistance of the City of Londonderry against the attempted Jacobite conquest of Ireland by the deposed King James II of England. While the city leaders vacillated, thirteen bold and brave young apprentices took the initiative to close the city gates. 'No surrender!' became the rallying cry. Faith in Christ gave the people of Derry the courage to resist in the face of extended siege, blockade, starvation, and disease."
--Dr. Marshall Foster, Founder & President of World History Institute, Thousand Oaks, CA, 2010.
Nordskog Publishing has reprinted the Brave Boys of Derry or No Surrender!, which was originally published in 1986 by the Mourne Missionary Trust. The Mourne Missionary Trust is the literature outreach arm of the Mourne Free Presbyterian Church in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland. It was founded in 1977 with the purpose of reaching out to the community with good Christian literature.
While not much is known about W.S. Martin, the author of Brave Boys of Derry or No Surrender!, he was a stationer and was partner in the City of London firm, Martin & Purnham. He spent his last days in Felpham in Sussex, England and used to attend services at the Chapel of the Bannister, Theological College in Felpham.
Other works by W. Stanley Martin include Editor of "Uncle Ben's Budget," 226 issues from March 1898 through Dec. 1916; and Author of "The Story of the Light That Never Went Out" with Augusta Cook; and "Some Famous Bonfires"; "Turn or Burn"; "Fireships, Fireworks, and Firebrands"; "The Man Who Fought the Giants" [Luther]; "Torchbearers of France and the Netherlands"; "William the Silent and Holland's Fight for Freedom," 1907; "The Tinker of Bedford and the Book that He Wrote" [Bunyan]; etc.