Ronald Havler


We are very much indebted to Gregg for his Biography of his Father, Ronald Havler and these are his words, we remember him here.

Ronald Havler was born in Hull to Walter & Emma Havler on the  2nd August 1922. He had Several siblings, 3 brothers and a sister but unfortunately his mother Emma died 18 April 1931 and at some time between this date and joining the  Army on 26 March 1942 he became a resident of Newland Homes Sailors Orphanage.

His induction to the Royal Artillery Corp on 26 march 1942 was at Mablethorpe, from where he was to man 3.7inch Anti-Aircraft Gun at Grimsby. In 1943 he was shipped out to the middle east  including India, Malaya & Burma where  he was to join as a Lance Corporal, The Royal Signals Corp  on radio /cyphers. 








He had a great deal of respect for the Indian and Gurkhas troops he was to work with, keeping in touch with some after the war.   The cyphers side possibly because he had  an excellent head  for figures, mathematics & puzzle solving, something that would remain with him for the rest of his life. At some period while abroad he was promoted tocorporal, and he returned to the uk in 1946 being de-mobbed on 23 February 1947.

Medals Acquired.
39-45 War Medal,  Burma Star,  Defence Medal,  39-45 Star.
During his service period in the UK the corps moved about around the country, he met my mother Mary Viner-Loney from Bristol during this time.  Unfortunately as she was from Gentry and my father was a working class soldier who was considered beneath the families station, her family tried to discourage  the relationship.  However they continued to correspond with each other until my mother eventually moved to Hull in 1947 against her parents wishes.  She was to stay with friends of my father at 79,  22nd Avenue, my father living at 98 Cottingham Road. Ronald was employed by Cussons Bakery on Beverley Road, and worked his way up to Foreman packer.
He married Mary at  Holy Name Church on 5 July 1947. They lived quite a nomadic life in Hull, as unable to get a council house they often lodged with friends moving to 3 different addresses during this time.  (Orchard Park Road,  King Street Cottinham,  Floral Avenue, Massey Street)
They eventually rented a room in Dee Street Holderness Road and had a Daughter Patricia in 1948, who unfortunately died shortly after birth. I was born in 1949, and my father was offered a Flat by his employer over Cussons Confectionary shop on Holderness Road, at the top of Westcott Street.In 1957 he changed his employment, and started work at The Hull Brewery Company in  Sylvester Street. As he was no longer an employee of what had then become known as Carlines, my mother & father had to vacate the property. The council then offered them  a 2 bedroomed house down Tanfield Grove, Bilton Grange and In 1961 they had another Daughter Denise, but because of some problems with the pregnancy, they moved my mother to Bridlington Hospital.  Unfortunately once again,  Denise died after a week in the hospital.
They were offered a new 2 bedroomed house on a new estate on Bransholme in 1973, moving into what was one of only 10 houses on their close completed at the time. 
My father continued to work at 'HBC' until his retirement, eventually becoming a whisky blender & being involved with the Bonded Warehouses on the High Street.
An avid sport follower especially Football & Horses, ( he would bet on a fly on the wall if he could) and loved his fags.  He was a gentle easy going man, easily recognised as he never had a cigarette out of his hand. He hardly ever complained even though he didn't really have an easy life.
A very humble but loyal & respected man, he eventually succumbed to Lung Cancer at home with the photo of his mother in his hands on 29 March 2002.
                                                                      Ronalds Military Dispersal Document
                                                                       & Record of Service