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Memories and Extracts from My Mother's Diary 1939-1945

Closing it up and going back to Mum and Dad December 11th Went to Exeter to Recruiting Office at 9 am with...

Plymouth, Bodmin,Teignmouth, My Evacuation Story

I still went to school in Bodmin on the bus, and when my brothers went off to school at Buckfastleigh, back...

A Schoolboy's War: In Folkestone, Dawlish and Dumbarton

I only stayed with the Houstons for about a year as, in late 1941, my Mother sent for me to join her...

A Schoolboy's War

David Houston worked in a torpedo factory on Clydeside and Mary was a Nurse at the local army barracks. I...

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A Bermondsey Boys War. Part 4 Evacuation to Torquay.

St.Olave's was closed in London and evacuated to Torquay in Devon, so I would have to join it there,...

The Day that War Broke Out - Part 1

Our next move was to Chagford, a lovely little village in Devon, on the edge of Dartmoor... There was no...

My Memories of World War 2

I cannot remember all the casualties our Signal section suffered at Anzio, but would just mention the three...

War Year Memoirs -Part 1

In the case where six staff were required on the capital ships, the manager was made a Chief Petty Officer,...

An easy war in the Royal Artillery (Part 1)

It later became known as the Home Guard and was mainly staffed by young men who had not yet entered the...

Bill Sanderson's Wartime Experiences -Part 2 - From Training to HMS Carlisle

Some were recalled ‘barrack stanchions’ but our squad instructor: Sergeant Leversley was...

My RAF Life: Chapter 2

We arrived in Bulawayo, and as there was only limited number of places at the elementary flying training...

"MY WAR": In the Royal Navy

Wartime in Devon

Torquay however in common with many other south coastal towns had many hit and run attacks with FW 90s'...

A Marine's Tale Part 6

The pier was really just a short ,ramshackle jetty ,but it was home to us and G6 ,which lay alongside.It...

Down to Tiverton, Devon, 1939: A Schoolboy Evacuee

There were six females aunts Ella,and Lucy, cousin Eileen who was about twentytwo, cousin Joyce who was...

Don’t Tell Adolf

Did Adolf realize the Morrison was part of the propaganda war designed to show the Germans that we English...

Bill Sanderson's Wartime Experiences -Part 1 - Joining Up

Place of Birth: Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire Father: William Brown Sanderson Mother: Elizabeth...

MY WAR 1939 - 1946

From when I joined Brigadier in Oct'43 until May ’44 we were on landing exercises along the...

Memories Of Life At Plymouth High 1940-1946

Daphne du Maurier owned a house in Fowey called “Five Farthings”, where she lived at that time,...

Extraordinary Schooling in WW2 - Part One

I recall startling mother with my total rejection when she suddenly switched to speaking German to us. I...

My Life in the RAOC During the War 1939-1945, Chapter 1

How he got in the R.A.O.C. I do not know as it was a Non Combatant Corps at that time Yes, we...

Some of My Wartime Experiences

Mum and dad took my sister and me to the departure point — a school playground — with our...

Under the Present Circumstances

My brother and sister were in boarding schools, from which I was barred being too 'delicate' so in...

My Teenage War Years:Growing-Up Years : In London, Farnham and Devon

To get back to Farnham on this particular evening, the first part of the journey required travelling by...

The Sea in My Veins (Part 1 of 3)icon for Story with photo

My father had already transferred from the Merchant Navy to the Royal Naval Reserve. In 1942 I was one of a...

Jean's War - Evacuated from Gravesend to Dartington Hall

Dartington Hall was famous for being a progressive public school, mostly for ;the wealthy, but the evacuees...

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