John PoundJohn Pound served in the Royal Navy on a C-Class Destroyer – HMS Charity. The ships primary role was to patrol the west coast. It was a busy time and John recounts it well.
John Pound – Film 1John Talks about his life before joining the armed forces. At seventeen and a half he joined the Royal Navy and recalls his training at Victoria Barracks, HMS Bulwark, and HMS Vanguard. Then he trains to become a Radar Plotter, 3rd class.
John Pound – Film 2John sailed to Korea early 1952 on the Empire Pride because he was too young to board a serving war ship. By the time he arrives, hes come of age and boards HMS Charity, a C-Class Destroyer. He provides detail about the ship and his role onboard as a Radar Plotter 3rd Class.
John Pound – Film 3John provides detail about some of the ships patrols including one night when they took onboard a group of heavily armed Koreans. Despite patrolling off-shore, the Charity wasnt immune to danger and one Easter Sunday, shes bombarded by Korean batteries hidden in caves.
John Pound – Film 4John about the rum ration. It makes todays spirit measures look rather pathetic. And in the same breath we move onto talk of women, clubs and the yanks in Kure and Sasebo!
John Pound – Film 5John recalls Commander Gatehouse and expands on conditions onboard ship. John returns to England to do a Radar Plotter 2nd Class course and is then transferred onto HMS Albion. Hes proud of his service, is an active member of the very active Suffolk Korean veterans association. Thanks John for your time.
John Pound served in the Royal Navy on a C-Class Destroyer – HMS Charity. The ships primary role was to patrol the west coast. It was a busy time and John recounts it well.