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From Camberley to Malaysia

At the age of 19, I decided I wanted to be a driver in the A.T.S. I was sent t o Camberley...

Service In Signalsicon for Story with photo

At Headquarters teleprinters received messages constantly and these messages were then redistributed to...

Getting Lost and Finding Drainpipesicon for Story with photo

Via airfields at Ouston, North East, South Cerney, Glos, and Catterick, Yorkshire, I was moved to Torquay...

Wartime Blues

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Childhood Experiences of The Waricon for Story with photo

I lived in a semi-detached house in Coulsdon, which isn't far from Croydon and Kenley airfields, an...

A Railway Lad and the Yanks

The area between Braunton and Saunton was like a Kelki canvas town with Scottish and American troops and...

My Experiences of the Second World War as a Boy.

When the warning sounded mum and dad crammed my sister, my baby brother and I into the cupboard under the...

There and Back Again

At home in Belvedere, Abbey Wood. Sennybridge and Defynnog, South Wales....

Interview with Eileen Westbrook From World War 2

Eileen and her sister jean were evacuated from London just before the 3rd of September 1939, she was 12...

Away from the bombs to Devon

There seemed to be no shortage of petrol and we came home for lunch every day although the windows were...

Evacuations

My brother and I never went to school, we seemed to play all day, climbing trees and the haystacks, and...

Evacuated from Maidstone, Kent to Devon

We being my Mum, my brothers Charlie aged seven, Chris aged six and my sister Anne at just one. Dad said...

Tales from a US Navy Ships Radio Operatoricon for Story with photo

We were preparing for the landings in Sicily, the harbour was full of invasion craft and a certain young...

Reminiscences of Ilfracombe at War 1939 to 1945

Virtually all the hotels were requisitioned for troops, the Ilfracombe Hotel and St Petrocs housed the Pay...

Growing up during the war: In Kent and Devon

One of my little friends was shot in the back as she ran home from school by a german fighter plane ....

'A Night to Remember'

On the evening of Thursday.13th:March.1941 at 18-00hrs: the Air aid Sirens sounded: Meaning an attacck was...

Wartime in the Wrens: In Plymouth and Yeovilton

One week later we reported to HMS Raleigh at Torpoint, Plymouth, which was a training base for the Royal...

WW2 Experiences of an Evacuee Chapter 2.

From Dagenham I was sent to my parents friends in Carshalton, Surrey... In 1943, at about ten years old, I...

Memories of a Little Nipper in Iddesleigh, Devon

I lived in the village of Iddesleigh in Devon... I also remember my parents saying "Thats German planes...

A Fleeting Moment in History: Childhood Memories of Princetown, Devon

As a young boy I was fortunate enough to grow up on Dartmoor, I say fortunate because this was at the...

"Why Does Hitler Want to Kill Me?": Part 2

My service in the Merchant Navy in the late fifties and my time on Christmas Island never matched those WW2...

My Mother Was a WREN

Mom moved to London against her family's wishes; she was an only child. They had three children and...

A Night at the Cinema

I wonder if the bombing happened because the then King and Queen had been visiting the previous day and it...

Evacuees

Notice was given around the town - Ilfracombe - that evacuated children from London would be coming and...

From Shrapnel to Moles: A Evacuation story

I went to Avonmouth Junior School and after a short period of time, Avonmouth began to receive heavy...

War story from Portsmouth by Sydney Johnson

An M.T.B. had just finished all its trials and was anchored in Flathouse Yard – a small docking area...

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