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Family Life in 1942icon for Recommended story

We often heard Mom and Dad discussing her antics while Uncle Jack was away at War. Mom's plan was that...

RASC Service, Juno Beach (D-Day) and Life in Wartime Birminghamicon for Recommended story

My other four serving brothers were George, Royal Artillery, Jack, Royal Artillery, Joe, Army Fire Service...

The story of a dark night: A Bombed Munitions Factory in Birminghamicon for Recommended story

Although my back was almost broken I jumped out of the ambulance and after a quick glance at broken windows...

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He lived in a part of Birmingham that was badly bombed. We had a suite of offices in Birmingham and our...

An Air Raid Incident from World War Twoicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo

It was a dry clear night and, as I lived on a tram route that took me almost to the door of...

Recollections of a Nurse during WW2icon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo

Surgical and theatre nursing At the end of my first year I was despatched to work as a junior theatre...

Ward End Wedding.icon for Recommended story

Out with my cousin in Shepton Mallet we saw Alan and a friend standing on the corner of Peter St in the...

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So it came about that May, Jean and I were firewatchers at the automatic telephone exchange on Stubbs Road,...

I'm No War Heroicon for Recommended story

A supply of body lice was required for testing on DDT, and I and a few of the small group of friends...

The Casino Incidenticon for Recommended story

We tried to get away from The Casino but the fight spread faster than you could imagine and soon spilled...

Basement Extraordinaireicon for Recommended story

A further team consisting of surgeons, housemen and nurses reported for duty in the basement of Lewis's...

Driving Through a West Bromwich Air Raidicon for Recommended story

My father had to drive over a girder blown into our rear garage access alley.The drive through the raid is...

Anderson Sheltersicon for Recommended story

Our family lived in Walsall during WWII we lived in a council house in a row of about forty others, all had...

In the Land Armyicon for Recommended story

At the age of 19 and still working at Crabtrees I had an accident with a piece of unguarded machinery and...

Troopship No.1: A Dutch Nurse's Storyicon for Recommended story

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I remember watching Coventry when it was blitzed... Then I saw a light over our roof, going in the...

Bus Conductressicon for Recommended story

She was the first female conductress to travel from Birmingham City Centre to Wednesbury . When the raids...

Summerfield Park, My Bombicon for Recommended story

One evening my father said that there were unexploded bombs in Summerfield Park. but made no other comment....

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On more than one occassion, during 1942 and 1943, some of my friends would proudly display one or two live...

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The bus was responsible for an accident I had: the Stratford Blue bus came across Evesham Place and...

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