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Keyman - A Somewhat Soldier (Part 1)icon for Recommended story

Next on one bright June morning, armed with a travel warrant, I and others journeyed by train to Weymouth...

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As it came up to the first Christmas in the Land Army the Cluitts offered me a goose to take home for...

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The Slow Beginning [R.Thresher : Part 1]icon for Recommended story

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HMS Beagle to the Rescueicon for Recommended story

Whilst serving as a 21 year old Leading Seaman DJX312195 on a destroyer, HMS Beagle from June 1943 to June...

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That evening in the local pub, my father talked to a drinking acquaintance who told him this hilarious...

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A Child's View of the Run up to D-Day: In Dorchestericon for Recommended story

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Bournemouth, 1942

The ground floor was allocated to the school with two bedrooms, bathrooms, an office, lecture room and...

Piddington Transit Camp 42icon for Story with photo

The ship's movement lifted the deck below their feet even higher, then with that roller coaster delay...

Douglas Smithson: Glider Pilot Part 3

I was in the dance hall when Jack came running out, saw me and said" some 'so and so' on the...

A Bill Brown Experience: Chapter 7 D Rothery: Training in England 1940-42

It was here that we were to learn of our role in what was to be the 'Guards Armoured Division'. Our...

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My diary records that here Wellingtons, Whitleys, Ansons, Battles, Blenheims, Stirlings, Oxfords, Defiants...

My Journey to Burma 1940 by Flying Boaticon for Story with photo

My mother and I left the small hotel in Worthing where we had been staying since before Christmas to travel...

An Infant In Surrey

Dust Carts,, were pulled by horses so after one passed, there was a rush for the droppings of the horses,...

A Marine's Tale Part 3

There followed a period of intensive training involving many practice landings along the South Coast and we...

Country Life, Farming and Food Production

We had a local milk factory in Beaminster, and of course there was no refrigeration as such in those days,...

Cider's War

The Policeman dolefully shook his head and made his excuses to leave, but my Nan, her sorrow now firmly...

My Wartime Childhood Memories

Our local ‘British Restaurant’ was a few hundred yards away in Long Ditton village hall,...

Mimi - A Most Unpopular Dogicon for Story with photo

That dachshund or that German Sausage dog now target for hostile comments, e gobbets of spit - so much so...

Glimpses of Wartime - Memories of a Verwood Society

One day her family, the King, Queen and sister, Princess Margaret came to visit and some photographs were...

D-Day Seen by a 10-year-old Boy: In Poole

In Southampton, I had watched the great concrete caissons of Marlborough Harbour being built across the...

A War Baby's War

From 1937 to 1939 the R.U.R. had served in 16 Infantry Brigade in Palestine commanded by Brigadier Bernard...

Dairy Work - Irene Johnson (nee Mitchell)icon for Story with photo

The warden said a farmer wanted 2 girls to go into private billets as lots of girls from London had...

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