OBITUARY AND MEMORIAL OF THE LATE Ronald Hembrough
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Ron sadly passed away at home on October 1st 2020 aged 94. Ron will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all who knew him. Born in 1926 in Manchester, Ron left school at 14 and was evacuated to Congleton where he joined an engineering company as an apprentice toolmaker.
Ron left home at 19 to join the navy and after 6 weeks in Portsmouth, he was shipped abroad to the Far East on an aircraft carrier. He was in the shower when the alarm went off, as a Japanese aircraft began firing. He later wrote that he was petrified and war had become very real! Later he was posted to Ceylon when the allies dropped the atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, bringing an end to the war. He was later sent to Singapore where the ship underwent a refit. Ron used to be responsible for taking 20 Japanese prisoners for daily walks.
Ron’s family served proudly through both World Wars. His sister Joyce joined the WAFS and his older brother Fred joined the merchant navy. His younger brother Les was evacuated to Blackpool but didn't like it so went home. His Mum, Elsie May Appleton went to work as a welder at the Fairey Aviation Company when the war broke out in 1940. His dad, Frederick William Hembrough was in the First World War but too old for the 2nd world war. He was in the National Roll of the Great War from 1914-1918. Volunteering in September 1915, he first saw active service at The Landing at Salonica in October 1915. Whilst in the Balkan theatre of war, he took part in much severe fighting on the Dorian, Vardar and Struma fronts, and was present at the recapture of Monastir. In August 1916 he was wounded and lost the sight of his right eye. He recovered and rejoined his unit and remained in Salonica until 1918. He was demobilised in February 1919 and held the 1914-15 Star and the General Service and Victory medals.
After the war, Ron left the navy aged 21, to work at Ferranti, an engineering company that had built a new factory for manufacturing the blood hound missile. He eventually ran his own engineering company with one of his work colleagues called Record Electric.
The funeral was held privately at Birches Crematorium on Friday 16th October 2020 and was conducted by Reverend Heather Buckley, of St.Lukes Church in Goostrery. Ron's coffin was draped in the Royal Navy Ensign and his faithful Manchester United Scarf.
Ron was played into chapel by Roger Hembrough, playing "Vianne sets up shop" on the Violin. The poem "He is gone" was read, before the hymn "Make me a chanel of your peace" Reverend Buckley then read Ron's Eulogy and a bible reading from John 14.1-6,27 and a reading of Footprints in the sand, before offering prayers. They Hymn Father I place into your hands was then played, before a final reading taken from the book "Facts of Faith. Roger Hembrough then played "Melody from Orphee et Eurydice" again on the Violin. Following the commital and blessing, farewells were said to Ron, and then Glory Glory Man United was played.
The service was limited to immediate family, although people who knew Ron were invited to pay their respects as the Cortege travelled through both Congleton and Holmes Chapel. The family requested that instead of flowers, donations were made to the British Heart Foundation.
Ron's ashes will be interred at later date within the same grave as his late wife.
Mourners who attended Ron's funeral were Gill Kensall, Tony Kensall, Paul and Linda Hembrough, Naomi Kensall, Sean Kensall, Angie and Sian Lloyd-Jones.