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David Yates Aberdeen



Information and biography of Aberdeen author David Yates and his first book called Bomb Alley about The Falklands War and life aboard the ship HMS Antrim


David Yates is a member of the Aberdeen Lemon Tree Writers Group and the Aberdeen Writers Circle.

Bomb Alley


The first book that David Yates has published is called Bomb Alley and is a factual account of his life aboard the ship HMS Antrim during The 1982 Falklands War. It will be available to buy from 21 September 2006. It can be pre-ordered from Amazon at a discounted price with free delivery available.



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I have published a book which tells the story of an Aberdonian military nurse who returns from Afghanistan and encounters The Grey Lady Ghost of the Cambridge Military Hospital. The novel reveals her origins and takes him to a pre-war Duthie Park, modern day Cruden Bay and back to the past to the Battle of Loos in World War One where he witnesses the Gordon Highlanders in action. This is the first in the series of Grey and Scarlet Novels by me, CG Buswell, and each book will feature a well known Aberdeen ghost and Aberdeenshire area as well as modern Scottish Infantry in action. Read the first chapter for free.



Bomb Alley is published by Pen and Sword Maritime Publishers and is the eye witness account of David Yates as a below decks Royal Navy seaman in the South Atlantic during The Falklands Conflict Campaign. The book recalls the horror of the first encounter with Argentinean forces when South Georgia was retaken from the invaders in Operation Paraquat.

David's ship, HMS Antrim, lead the first attack into the North Falklands Sound. She destroyed enemy defences and later became part of the main force anti-aircraft defences in the infamous Bomb Alley or San Carlos Water.

HMS Antrim was struck by a bomb in one of the many air attacks. The bombing destroyed her defensive missile system but through luck the bomb did not explode. Instead it remained on the ship, wedged in the aft heads.

During this barrage from enemy low-flying Argentinean jets other Naval Ships such as HMS Coventry and HMS Antelope were bombed and lost at sea. The army were desperately trying to secure a bridgehead on the mainland.

Bomb Alley is a raw book, full of the emotion of war, told by an ordinary Royal Navy matelot, far from his Aberdonian home.


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