Sold by Order of a Direct Descendant At 0930 it was, "All hands to action-stations". My action-station was in the ships Chapel; I think it was with two cooks and three Supply Ratings, in the capstan flat forward of "A" Turret, a small place with only about eight chairs. Then it was up anchor and we steamed up river for about a quarter hour and stopped. Nothing had happened so we decided to proceed again, and all hell broke loose. The mobile guns had caught up with us, and where possible we answered their fire power. We knew that the bridge was being hit and the turret above us came in for its share, but we had no idea how much damage was being done. The fan light in the Chapel was shattered; this was like a porthole in the deck-head, made of glass about two inches thick, but strangely it did not splinter. Enough to say that it was frightening. One of the cooks said "Bandy, can we have a smoke?" I reminded him that we were in Church, but he said that he did not think that Jesus Christ would mind. So we all lit up.... In the dim light I saw someone on the deck.
He touched my leg. I spoke to him and he told me his leg was gone. It was now getting unbearable down there so I went to the hatch, and they passed me a Neal-Robinson stretcher. I felt his leg but could not see: I got two handkerchiefs and tied them together and put them around his leg. I got a piece of wood twisted it round, and put the end of the wood under his belt. I got him up the hatch, took him to the POs Mess and laid him on the table. I had a word with him and he was still conscious. I told him to wiggle his toes: he did, or thought he did and then passed out. A few moments of terror recalled by Bandmaster Fred Harwood, Royal Marines The unique Yangtze incident 1949 D.S.M. group of twelve awarded to Bandmaster F. G. Harwood, Royal Marines During a devoted career of three decades in the service of the Royal Marines Band, Harwood observed a remarkable array of action; this began with playing at the funerals of the German seaman killed when the Deutschlandwas bombed during the Spanish Civil War
During the Second World War he was aboard the Norfolk for the famed action with the Bismarck, before going on Arctic & Malta Convoys, sharing in Operation Torch and thence serving on Swiftsure in the Pacific, being a witness to the devastation at Nagasaki in the aftermath of the dropping of the Atomic Bomb - besides capturing photographs of the harrowing scene His finest hours came during the legendary Yangtze incident - for which he left a detailed unpublished account - when he commanded the Stretcher-Bearer Parties of London, transferred the casualties of Consort, in doing so inspiring and comforting the wounded and dying, besides assisting the Surgeons in their grisly work; Harwood worked tirelessly for some sixty hours without rest and was rewarded with the only D.S.M. to the Royal Marines for the action Distinguished Service Medal, G.VI.R. (Bndr. F. G. Harwood. R.M.B. X.368. R.M.); 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Arctic Star; Africa Star, copy clasp, North Africa 1942-43; Pacific Star; Defence and War Medals 1939-45; Naval General Service 1915-62, 1 clasp, Yangtze 1949 (RMB/X 368 F. G. Harwood. Bandmtr, R.M.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.VI.R. (RMB.X.368 F. G. Harwood. Band. Sgt. R.M.B.); The Order of St John of Jerusalem, Service Medal; Malta Commemorative 1992, contact marks from Stars, very fine (12)