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15 October 2014
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War Memories

She'd been 'naughty' in Brussels and she was well 'advanced' as we moved into Germany...

Charioteer Mark One - 2

So I remained on Tites, and spent my time helping other divers into and out of their suits, filling and...

Charioteer Mark One - 6

For the French channel ports and similar harbours within range of coastal forces such as MTBs or MGBs it...

My Dad's War

Malcolm MacAskill and Willie MacKay saw the boat coming to the sands. The submarine that torpedoed the...

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A Flyer's Story

When being trained by Flying Officer Kelsey at Hatfield, he often used to ask pupils to practice a forced...

Charioteer Mark One - 1

Naturally the older hands from the first batch, such as Strugnell and Eldridge and Ede, were around to give...

Charioteer Mark One - 7

The darkness underwater at attack depth was so great that it was almost impossible to be sure when you were...

Charioteer Mark One - 4

At this depth underwater, movement was slow, but Pearcy was managing to lift up rung after rung, and...

Charioteer Mark One - 3

Then I had to keep the speed down, while Pearcy made sure he wasn't left hanging on to the net; he had...

Charioteer Mark One - 5

This meant that the five-foot long warhead that fitted on to the nose of the chariot hadn't been joined...

Where Were You on D-Day, Grandad?

Cpl John, Engineering Surveyor Railway Survey Co., Royal Engineers, Longmoor. We were visiting one of the...

My Life in the RAF (Part 4).

In January 1942 I was posted south to one of the main 'Battle of Britain' stations - 'Biggin...

My Life in the RAF. (Part 3).

The 'Prince of Wales' never had a proper 'shakedown' cruise and she still had civilians...

Acts of Wartime Kindness

When all lines seemed to pass through Doncaster Station, as a laden train pulled in, be it day or night,...

“It Looked Like A Big Black Bear!”icon for Story with photo

Both Ronald and Colin Carruthers subsequently took part in the Normandy landings. Before and immediately...

My Life in the RAF (Part 2).

It seemed strange that Skeabrae was the newest habitation on the island when, within walking distance,...

Edinburgh to Inverness: Memories of an Evacuee

Then a nice gentleman came over and again offereed to take my sister and I, and again I said "no"...

Evacuated to North Americaicon for Story with photo

My memories of Lyme in the early days of the war were of soldiers training on the beach, of waves...

The War Which Gave Me a Future

During the ages of six and eight I was evacuated from Orkneys to join my sisters in Hampshire. I remember...

A Holiday in the Isle of Arran

We went to Ardrosan in Ayrshire and we crossed on the steamer to Brodick Bay on the Isle of Arran... We...

The Reed Family

My uncle tells the story of how he came home on a very rare visit and alighted from Shildon railway station...

War Time Land Mine Disaster

Outside on the edge of Woodside Estate was a high stone wall, wrought iron gates and a gate house which...

My Brief A.T.S. Career

On April 4th 1943 from the small village of Dunbeath, in Caithness, I took the bus into Wick, 21 miles away...

Borland's World War II Part 1

This led to hardship for my family as my father was earning £4 4/- a week as a motor mechanic with the...

Torpedoed off the Hebrides

My father who had served as a British Officer in the Indian Army, and who was on reserve, was already in...

A Merry Danceicon for Story with photo

My worst memory is of the night the Germans flew over Edinburgh to bomb Glasgow... One old fellow from one...

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