Date added: 4 Aug 2009
We served together on a radar station at Cape Plakoti near Yialousa in 1956 with 188 Radar & Searchlight Battery RA. I was in 8 Medium Wireless Troop RSigs attached to the battery. We were often on guard duty together, some times in our pyjamas, just the two of us guarding about 25 others and very exposed to any EOKA in the area.
Colin drove the ration truck every day first to Famagusta and later to Nicoosia. One day we were awaiting his return, we had a cine projector set up and we were about thow the film "Where the River Bends" starring James Stewart. It was dusk and we could see the truck's headlights as he descended the hill from the town towards the cape, then came the explosion followed shortly by another. Colin died instantly and the three others were injured, one seriously.
It was 17th March and 40 years later in March 1996 I visited his grave in Waynes Keep Military Cemetery accompanied by a UNFICYP RSM from a RA Battery in Germany who was serving with the UN at the time.
I have visited Cape Plakoti twice, once after my visit to Waynes Keep in 1996 and again in 2000.
Rest in peace Colin, you are not forgotten.
Date added: 6 Aug 2011
I am researching the names of the men and women commemorated on the Rossington War Memorial, located a few miles from Doncaster in South Yorkshire - Colin Yates is one of these names - currently just a name on a piece of granite - his name is read out once a year on Remembrance Day - but, where he died, how he died and where he is buried has been forgotten - until now - Colin will no longer be just a name - he now has a life and a death be remembered and Commemorated - If Peter Thatcher ever reads this Thank you for your memories - and I hope you won't mind if your memories of Colin enter the Rossington War Memorial archives - we remain indebted to you.
Thanks and Regards
John Cowie (email address supplied)