M.41 Commander  Samuel Herbert 'Bert' Yardley OBE 

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b. 6 Mar 1902, Birmingham  11 Sep 1939 to 4 Sep 1945 

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Ed. "Secondary School"

m. 1927 Ethel Maud [Williams], 1 child

prev. a Beer Seller and Hotel Manager; he was the landlord of the 'Robin Hood' in Lichfield from 1937.

robin hood pub 1939

19 Nov 1939: "LICENCE TRANSFERRED The temporary transfer of the licence of the Robin Hood was granted from Samuel Bert Yardley to his wife, Ethel Maud Yardley."

Address in 1939: The Fox Hotel, Chaddesley, Corbett, nr Kidderminster

Postings: Filton, Woodley, 1FPP, 2FPP, 4FPP, 6FPP, 3FPP, 16FPP

Officer Commanding 16FPP from 27 Nov 1941, although to begin with Maitland Boucher thought that "The organisation of 16FPP has not stood the test of expansion. Commander Yardley tries to do too much himself."

To help him, the ATA "robbed other pools of highly efficient Adjutants", and the situation gradually improved "undoubtedly largely due to the efforts of Commander Yardley" - to the extent that d'Erlanger then criticized him for not doing enough ferry work himself.

 OBE in 1946

 d. 8 Nov 1949, Kidderminster


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