"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 in Gibraltar.
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".
"Dolly Gray (IRA) and myself.
Dolly [on right] comes from
Belfast (killed 1943)"
Harry Haddon recalled Dolly Gray
as a likeable Irishman with strong political oppinions. Right:"We had a model competition aboard,
this is the skipper [Lt Henry D. Durell RN] judging them."
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.