Ron YardleyRon Yardley gives a great account of his life onboard HMS Belfast while she served in the Korean War.
Ron Yardley – Film 1Ron talks in detail about his early life. There was no electricity or heating and Saturday night entertainment was bath night! Roy then goes onto recall his training for a stint in the Royal Navy.
Ron Yardley – Film 2Ron sees his name on a Draft board in Chatham for a ship called Belfast. He goes onto detail what happens next. Captain Aubrey Ford [aka Strawberry Ford] was the Captain and he was held in very high regard.
Ron Yardley – Film 3Ron goes into considerable detail about his life onboard the Belfast. It's a genuinely fascinating account.
Ron Yardley – Film 4Despite the fact that on-land the Commonwealth Armies were fighting the Chinese, onboard the Belfast there was a Chinese crew. Ron recalls the day that their mess deck was hit by a shore battery. They weren't the only one's to lose their life from the ship.
Ron Yardley – Film 5Ron recalls an amusing story about two Korean POW's who needed medial help. The ship's surgeon was not known for his patience! Ron goes on to talk about the mail and how the content of a letter could make or break a man.
Ron Yardley – Film 6Ron shares an interesting story about the Royal Navy's recruitment of Dr Barnado orphans. All good things come to an end, and Ron's time was up. He was posted to Germany where he had a couple of sailings on an infamous Motor Yacht called the Karin. It was where Hitler and Goering used to spend time planning their war. A fascinating end to a great interview. Thanks Ron.
Ron Yardley gives a great account of his life onboard HMS Belfast while she served in the Korean War.