Howard Chadwick


September 1947, Four Gables Nursing Home, Horsforth.


Grew up in Yeadon, moved to Harrogate and then Knaresborough and now lives in Scruton (near Northallerton).

Date of Interview

8th May 2020

“Happy for you to use the interview and publish as you see fit”

Howard Chadwick (28th November 2021)

Howard Chadwick is the only person who, when asked to provide photographs to accompany his Back-Chat webpage, included two of him with the Queen taken when he was awarded the MBE at Buckingham Palace – his story of that day is brilliant.

At the beginning of our chat, we talked about Coronavirus and Brexit with interesting observations made by Howard in May 2020.

He tells us about his family involvement with Yeadon Sailing Club since 1930 (two years after it was started) and the AVRO where his mother worked.

We hear about the sad loss of his first wife Sarah and the joy his second wife Dee has brought him. One of Howard’s hobbies is Precision Air Rifle Target Shooting. 

Interviewer: Carlo Harrison

Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton

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You can listen to the entire recording by clicking the start arrow or, you can move the slider to one of times shown for the headings opposite, they are a guide to the many things we chatted about.
MBE Award16.30
Clifford Chadwick38.50
Yeadon Sailing Club43.20
AVRO – Janey Smith (Mother)43.50
South View & Benton Park School46.40
Married Life – Widowhood – Sarah Wady49.50
Second Marriage – Debbie Clark57.10
Family – Brother Bill59.30
Family – Daughter Clare1.00.10
Precision Air Rifle Target Shooting1.03.00


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