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The War Through the Window of a Schoolboyicon for Recommended story

One unexploded bomb landed in Christionedd and the Army - with hundreds of villagers watching —...

A London Fireman's Wartime Storyicon for Recommended story

With Frappell pushing from below, and Fireman and P.L.A.Fire Spotters pulling from the quay Korn was hauled...

The Night of the Baked Potatoesicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo

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

Onboard HMS Euryalusicon for Recommended story

From the fire brigade dealing with German bombs and the Battle of Britain to the North Sea and then to the...

My Father the Fire Watchericon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo

Dad was a Fire Watcher, when the Sirens went and we headed for the air raid shelter he had built in the...

A Liverpool Firemanicon for Recommended story

When the bombing eased they were totally exhausted, and Dad found a place to sleep on a snooker table in a...

Marie Tompkins (later Stevens) - Leading Fire Womanicon for Recommended story

The Fire Station was in Lordship Lane, East Dulwich. He was stationed in Yorkshire near Ripon....

Blown Off the Rooficon for Recommended story

My mum and her brother Jack, on leave from the Navy, set out to try and find where granddad has been...

The Honour of Meeting Winston Churchill's Wife Clementineicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo

My husband and I later had the great honour of meeting the Prime Minister Winston Churchill's wife...

Memories of a Petersfield Firewomanicon for Recommended story

At 17, I joined the National Fire Service in Petersfield as a part time firewoman....

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Heather Simpson's Wartime Story

I was determined to do this as I had a date with Derrick to go to the pictures in the evening -...

Keep Smiling Through

Mum gave Dad a last minute message, to get Gran and my Uncle George to leave their home in Clapham and use...

The Manchester Christmas Blitz - December 1940

The many thousands of incendiary bombs released over Manchester on the Sunday night caused the biggest...

War-Time Existence

Another famous person who was a personal friend of Mrs Hichens was Joyce Grenfell who visited North Aston...

Firemen in the Blitz

But the men all came back all right, there was none of them hurt, but black as coal, as if they had...

Being Late Saved My Life

In our Fire Service Area there were 4 Divisional HQs – Norwich, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and...

A Bermondsey Boys War Part 6 - A National Fire Service Messenger.

She told us that the Section-Leader who was organising the Youth Messenger Service for the Division was Mr...

Memories of war

The nozzle of the pump went into the bucket; you put your foot into the stirrup and pumped away, while...

A Bermondsey Boys War. Part 7- The Little Blitz.

Sporadic air-raids went on all through 1943, but as Autumn came, bringing the dark evenings with it, the...

A Bag Full of Conkers

A man I worked with years later told me that when he cycled home to Henley that evening there where craters...

The Catastrophe of Coventry

About mid-day with the AFS still fighting the burning docks at Limehouse, an Army officer, Police officer...

Memories of the Norwich Fire Service

To start with I worked in the office at the fire station which wasn't very different from the Norwich...

Experiences of an NFS messenger boy 1943/4

My dad was stationed at Cross Hill in town whereas the messenger boys were based at Abbotsfield in Sutton...

Wartime Memories: Rationing

>WARTIME MEMORIES >By Lilian Ducie > >I was fortunate not to suffer any personal loss...

What Did You Do

Frequently, we were asked to be make believe casualties suffering from assumed bomb damage in an Air Raid,...

Manchester Blitz by Joe Carley

I went to the door and looked out into deserted Slade Lane, lit up by momentary flashes, noticing here and...

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