BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page was last updated in February 2012We've left it here for reference.More information

17 April 2014
Accessibility help
Text only
WW2 - People's War

BBC Homepage
BBC History
WW2 People's War Homepage Archive List Timeline About This Site Print this page 

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

Contributed by 
People in story: 
Ken Elliott
Location of story: 
Background to story: 
Article ID: 
Contributed on: 
07 May 2004

I was born on 14 March 1936 and that was at a little farm 10 miles from Sheffield. My only memory of the war was when we were returning from my grandmother’s cottage about 6 miles from Sheffield. There was a bright red glow in the sky and I think either my brother, mother or father said they are bombing Sheffield again. I guess I would be 5 or 6 then.

The next day I remember my father saying that we must have come past a bomb on the road up to the farm and we were lucky to still be alive. I was in the sidecar of the motor bike driven by my father.

I remember playing on the Moor with my brother behind the farm and we “explored” a lot of strange concrete structures with what looked like lamps at the side of them and when we came back home I remember by brother Geoff saying to my mother there is something funny on “Rod Moor” and then my father said “Oh they are trying to get the bombers to bomb that rather than Sheffield. It is all lit up at night but Lord Haw Haw at one of his broadcasts said they knew about Rod Moor and they are coming back to Sheffield again”.

My brother and I regularly collected blackberries in the autumn because there was no other fruit around. I remember clearly the farmer once telling us we had stolen his blackberries and we had got to give them to him (my father was a farm labourer).

I clearly remember VE day at school, although I don’t think many of us understood. It just seemed like another assembly.

© Copyright of content contributed to this Archive rests with the author. Find out how you can use this.

Archive List

This story has been placed in the following categories.

Childhood and Evacuation Category
Sheffield and South Yorkshire Category
icon for Story with photoStory with photo

Most of the content on this site is created by our users, who are members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site's House Rules, please click here. For any other comments, please Contact Us.

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy