Monday 12th April

Monthly Meeting

South Lawn Hotel, Lymington Road, Milford on Sea, SO41 0RF

Peter Yoeman is a retired police officer and a member of Bishop Waltham Rotary Club.

In retirement he was involved in the project to rebuild Lively Lady the 36 foot yacht made famous by Southsea greengrocer Sir Alec Rose, which now provides opportunities for young adults to achieve their potential in life.

In 2008 Peter took part in a re-enactment of a car race from New York to Seattle, in more than 50 Model T Fords, that originally took place 100 years earlier.

He will describe his experiences during the race and the iconic status of the Model T. 


As Peter Yeoman was unable to be present on the day, Club Member Ray Mayes gave an intriguing presentation entitled "Bulldog and Primrose”.

On 9th May 1941, Lt. Cmdr. David Balme DSC of HMS Bulldog, boarded a sinking German submarine U-110 and recovered an Enigma coding machine, together with intelligence material that would prove to be of inestimable value to Bletchley Park.

“Operation Primrose”, as the capture was named by The Admiralty, was kept secret to prevent the German’s learning that their Naval Codes had been broken.  “The Secret Capture” remained an Ultra Secret for over 40 years.

Ray’s talk covered the capture of U-110 and the subsequent career and life of David Balme, up to his retirement and eventual death in Lymington in 2016, aged 96.