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A Teenager in wartime London 1939-42 by Edna Stafford (nee Hodgson)

My elder brother, who some months later worked away in the building trade, going to Scotland and Ireland,...

Second World War Evacuation of Children – September 1939:Birmingham to Abergavenny

My brother and I walked into Abergavenny from our village to meet the train she was arriving on... My...

Evacuation from Ilford to Somerset - 1st September 1939

We were marched in a crocodile with our gas masks slung round our necks and a label on our coats giving our...

3rd September 1939. The Day War Broke Out. Memories from Erith in Kent.

It was a wonderful place for the kids to play, digging in the sand and sliding down the cliff on tin trays,...

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My War Years 1939 -1945

I remember mom crying and sobbing a dad was comforting her and telling us, me and my younger brother Bert...

Olwen's memories - September 1939

My mother and my aunt had joined Queen Anne's Nursing Volunteers attached to the 12th Cheshire Regiment...

3rd September 1939

In the August of 1939 the Higgins family: Father, Albert; Mother, Gladys; Elder son, Eddie and me, the...


Later that day there was a terrible wailing sound and my mother picked me up and explained that the sound...

Searching for a Gasmask

Westminster had distributed gasmasks, Holborn had not... And we plodded round the two boroughs, Westminster...

Searching for a gasmask

Westminster had distributed gasmasks, Holborn had not... And we plodded round the two boroughs, Westminster...

September 3rd 1939

Six years of age, playing on the sand with Aunt Mary, Florence my Mother and Aunt Gertrude had gone off for...

Neville Chamberlain

Ominous Signs, September 1939

Iwas 5 years old when, returning by rail from a family Wakes week holiday in Southport, Ifirst became aware...

WW2 in Southern Ireland

I remember the sombre pronouncement by Neville Chamberlain on September 3rd 1939 that England was at war...

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