Cyril wrote on
"Free French sailors tied up
alongside us, note the band, they played all the latest songs in the
The band was on a French destroyer which berthed alongside Venomous
As a 15 year old Harry Haddon
had played the drums professionaly at the
Capital Cinema in Cardiff and with Cyril's encouragement he took over
on the drums in the "froggy band".
Written on the reverse:
blankets in a tub, note the Persil in Yelland's hand"
They had one blanket each and
Harry Haddon recalled that a Scotsman lost his when they were hung over
the ship's side to rinse in the sea.
Cyril Hely took several photographs of AB William "Bill" Philip Yelland, JX160524 (1922-96)
who lived at Lower Sticker near St Austell, Cornwall.