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- People in story:
- Jack Beckett (aka Joe)
- Location of story:
- Southampton and the New Forest
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- Contributed on:
- 26 September 2005
[This story was submitted to the People’s War website by a volunteer from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on behalf of Jack Beckett and has been added to the site with their permission. Mr Beckett fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.]
I was in Transport Company, taking supplies to troops in the New Forest. On D-Day I remember taking troops into Southampton docks. I was 18 years old. Greengrocers brought crates of apples and left them at the docks to give to the soldiers. The last lot of troops I transported were the French /Canadians.
I also remember seeing the first ‘frog suits’ being used by both the army and navy as they practised blowing up underwater obstacles in preparation for D-Day.
About three weeks later, I drove The Crazy Gang to the docks in the back of an open lorry. They were going over to entertain the troops.
For VE Day I was in Tel Aviv and then Damascus on VJ Day.
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