A Tribute to Terry Randall from Roland Drake
It was with great regret that the members of the Wessex Branch of Korean Veterans were informed that Terry Randall had crossed the bar on the 23rd August 2017. Terry had been a founder member of the branch, and served for many years as its Treasurer and as a committee member. Terry survived open heart surgery about five years ago, but when he knew recently that his cancer was terminal he still attended meetings, and on the last occasion gave a speech of farewell that even touched the hearts of veterans hardened by their experiences in Korea. His memorial services were held at Wessex Vale crematorium and the Spiritualist Church in Southampton, finishing with the rather appropriate song from “ New Tricks” by Dennis Waterman, “ ITS ALRIGHT “
Terry was a great lover of military history. He was an evacuee during WW2, and he later enjoyed going to the annual reunions of those who shared that experience with him.
It was always Terry’s ambition to join the “Andrew”, and after qualifying as a Quarters Armourer, the highlight of his career was his service aboard HMS CEYLON h during the Korean War. (1950-52). The current edition of Korean Veterans Newsletter carries a copy of Terry’s account of those years, that was kindly made available by the HMS Ceylon Association.
In 1954/55 Terry joined HMS GLASGOW (Flagship of the Med Fleet) on a General Service commission.
Leaving the Navy in 1956 he was employed until retirement as a member of the security team at the Ford’s Transit plant in Southampton. He leaves his widow Barbara, while his son (also a matelot) still retains Terry’s Korean links as an honorary member of the local Association.
May he find a safe anchorage
Roland Drake ( HMS Whitesand Bay 50/52; HMS Glasgow 54/55)
Email from Clive C. Aston
My father, Aubrey Frederick Cockayne Aston, used to serve on HMS Ceylon and I know he was with her during the Korean Engagement. Unfortunately he died when I was about 8 months old so I’m a little sketchy on details and my Mum has had a stroke which has left her speechless but I believe he was a Petty Officer during his later years and was made up to a CPO before being invalidated out with TB, from which he subsequently died. I have just learned I have some photo albums coming from in-laws in Birmingham which show the Ceylon in action off Haeju and Chodo. I don’t suppose any of your members remember my Dad and can add anything to my knowledge of him ?
Terry Randall Crossed The Bar today Wed 23rd August at 4.30 AM
Message from Cliff Pell
To all shipmates, It falls upon me to inform you that our shipmate Terry Randall Crossed The Bar today Wed 23rd August at 4.30 AM.
There will be a private family only service at the local crematorium. A memorial service is to be arranged at their local church at a later date.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Email from Gillian Walker 18/07/2017
I received my late father’s (Ronald Smith) medal this morning and I am so pleased and so proud! (Please see photo attached)
I wouldn’t have known about it, if I hadn’t received your newsletter (Volume 5) and Joyce’s article about the medal.
Would you please pass on my sincere thanks to Joyce, Ken Keld and you and your colleagues at the
HMS Ceylon Association.
Gillian Walker (Nee Smith)
Email from Ray Thomas 12/07/2017
My name is Ray Thomas and I write the site about the Crown
Colony-class cruiser HMS Gambia at http://hmsgambia.org/
While adding some pages to that site, one of the ex-crew I am in
contact with mentioned HMS Trinidad – the cruiser that badly damaged
herself when one of her torpedoes turned round and hit her. That got
me thinking of other ships in the class and that’s how I found your
email addresses. You all write about, or are Association officials of,
other Crown Colony class cruisers.
I thought it might be an idea if we put a link somewhere on our
respective sites to the others. Even if you decide not to do this,
I’ve already done it to mine at http://hmsgambia.org/links.htm
So links to a variety of fellow websites have been added to our links page
Ray has also set up a Facebook group page ” Crown Colony Cruisers ” that anyone with an interest can join
Seeking all veterans who served in Korea
The Scarborough Evening News 19 Jan 2017
The Republic of South Korea Ministry of Defence request the names of all surviving veterans who served in the Korean Campaign.
Ken Keld a founder member of the British Korean Veterans Association is acting as co-ordinator for the North East area in conjunction with the Korean Liaising Officer tracing all veterans who served in Korea.
At the present time he does not know the reason or reasons for this request but he can assure you from his own personal experience the people of Korea are grateful for your part played in securing freedom for their nation, in their eye you will always be their hero.
This appeal, due to age factor, could in some cases be a problem but should sons, daughters, grandchildren or even friends who know of any such veterans please contact Ken Keld on their behalf, but only with their consent giving all their relevant details – present postal address, telephone number (if possible) or even email, plus all service details.
For those who use the postal service and require any further information or a reply, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope in all cases as this is being done on your behalf on a voluntary basis.
All your replies will be strictly confidential.
Ken Keld can be contacted at 2 Penton Road, Cayton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 3TQ or telephone (01723) 585912 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with details. Ken Keld Penton Road Cayton
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Message from Eddie Kirton-Vaughan
I served as an ERA 1st Class on the 1958 59 commission under Captain Peter Twiss and still have the magazine from the commission. I am not sure if you have any members from this commission but would be interested to hear from you.
Eddie Kirton-Vaughan [please email email@example.com for Eddie’s contact details ]
Crossed the Bar -Lawrence Vernon Keene – 2/3/1929 – 31/7/2016
Mesothelioma Prognosis Network
I have added a new website to the links page MesotheliomaPrognosis.com is dedicated to providing free information and resources to those affected by mesothelioma cancer. The site is American based, but it does provide lots of free information. Brian Smith 13/09/2016
Email from Yvonne Scholes
My father Ronald Maxwell served on HMS Ceylon 1943/44. He died on 18th March 2016. Although he experienced the traumas of war like many others, he had fond memories of his time on HMS Ceylon. He was one of the first to board her in 1943 at Greenock in Glasgow. Although he told me some tales of his time in the RN it was always the light hearted times he. referred to. I wish now I had talked to him more.
Can anyone help Lawrence Bradley Coleman
My Grandfather Lawrence Geoffrey Coleman served on the Hospital Ceylon during the second world war, he sadly passed away around 14 years ago now but he was my hero growing up and I still miss him to this day.
He left a large happy family behind and my father is a lot like him and it’s with their teachings I have had a good life.
The reason for this email is I would like my family to know some people who knew my Grandfather are still around and I would like to know more about what happened in the war aboard HMS Ceylon.
We have a few photos at home of Lawrence on the Ceylon, one of which my favourite is my Grandfather and fellow crew holding a Japanese flag after a surrender.
I guess any information you have I would be over the moon, I have not told my dad of this email as I want to surprise him.
Lawrence Bradley Coleman
Please contact Brien Harrison if you can help
Crossed the Bar – Ron Joy (Yorkie) Message from his son Phil Joy
I came across http://www.hmscavalier.org.uk when I was looking for any navy pals of my dad, Ron Joy (Yorkie) who may of served with him on the HMS Ceylon between 16 July 1952 – 28 Nov 1954? Just after http://www.hms-ceylon.co.uk/korea-tour/
I found a document he wrote about his time in the Royal Navy and the short extract below is about his time on HMS Ceylon:
I got a draft ship to the East Indies station based in Trincomalee on HMS Ceylon for 2 ½ years. I joined my ship HMS Ceylon a cruiser in Singapore where she was having a three month refit. On completion we then took our station in Trincomalee.
In 1953 we escorted the Royal Yacht SS Gothic for the royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania. A good time was had by all, on completion we escorted the royal couple to the Coco Islands where we left to go to the Maldives to witness them becoming a republic, then back to Ceylon.
We spent the rest of the commission showing the flag cruises to East Africa, India, Pakistan, Persian Gulf, Vietnam, Seychelles, Fiji, Zanzibar, and a few more. We paid off in Trincomalee in late 1954 to Portsmouth.
Sadly my dad passed away at the age of 81, last month of a heart attack at Colchester hospital in Essex. It was all very sudden and unexpected.
I would very much appreciate it if you could perhaps pass the above information onto anyone who might like to come and say goodbye to my dad. I know Essex may be a distance to travel to but if anyone who knew my Dad would like to attend his funeral it is on Wednesday 24 February at Weeley Crematorium in Essex at 3.30pm.
I have created this email address firstname.lastname@example.org for any correspondence relating to my dad.