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Frank Mee Researcher 241911
User ID: U241911

Born in Stockton-on-Tees then County Durham on the 19th Feb 1929, the first boy born in the Robson maternity hospital since the new year followed one hour later by my best mate Dennis Goldsborough who died age 21 of cancer.
Brought up through depressive times I was lucky in that we had a smallholding with Pigs Hens Geese Rabbits a goat dogs and cats attached to our house. My Father a Haulage Contractor and Furniture remover was also a keen gardener, we had a large walled garden with fruit trees round the walls a greenhouse and large vegetable plots plus flowers. Being largely self sufficient we never really knew what it was like to have nothing as a lot of my school friends did. My Uncle Arthur Marsay was a farmer not too far from us they were mainly dairy and Aunt Mabel made her own butter and cheeses plus jams wines preserves so food was never a problem. To a lot of my friends it was and with Fathers on the dole before the war they struggled.
Growing up during the war was an experience you never forget and the events of that time are always fresh in my mind. My mother kept me at School until I was sixteen, most kids left at thirteen or so then, I went into the Army in 1947 and spent many years in service getting to the rank of WO1. My final years were with ICI, retiring from a staff position with good pensions to keep our standards up.
Married Joan, Eight children all doing very well indeed, Nine Grandchildren and one Great grandchild, we now sit back and enjoy them all. That wartime diet must have been very good for us as there are a lot of us WW2 kids around.

UPDATE 29th January 2006 Site closure.

As we near ARCHIVE date (31/01/06) I remind friends that I will be using the following forums:
Second World War :http://2ndww.blogspot.com/
This new site has been created by the "Gang of Four", namely (in Alphabetical order) Tom Canning,Peter Ghiringhelli,Ron Goldstein and Frank Mee and will be operative from the 1st of February 2006.
The site will hopefully cater for all those who have been using the existing BBC site for serious discussion and research into WW2. We also will try to answer serious questions and help students.
Old and new friends welcome.

Here I show an Index of all my stories. Start at the bottom of the list and work up.

From WW2: A4126961 Starting work in war time part five (May 28, 2005) Edit
From WW2: A3873873 Starting Work in Wartime - Chapter 4 (Apr 8, 2005) Edit
From WW2: A3872973 Starting Work in Wartime -Chapter Three (Apr 8, 2005) Edit
From WW2: A3869490 Starting Work in Wartime -Chapter Two (Apr 7, 2005) Edit
From WW2: A3869058 Starting Work in Wartime (Apr 7, 2005) Edit
From WW2: A3357812 Spam: Did It Save The Nation? (Dec 2, 2004) Edit
From WW2: A2638550 A peaceful Sunday Morning. (May 16, 2004) Edit
From WW2: A2267615 HMAS Sydney. (Feb 5, 2004) Edit
From WW2: A2041589 More Wartime Schooling (Nov 14, 2003) Edit
From WW2: A2017504 Joining Routine (Nov 11, 2003) Edit
From WW2: A2010213 Wartime Schooling in Stockton-on-Tees (Nov 10, 2003) Edit
From WW2: A1934958 More Active Army Cadet's (Oct 30, 2003) Edit
From WW2: A1930079 Active Army Cadets (Oct 29, 2003) Edit
From WW2: A1901819 Reluctant Private Evacuee. (Oct 20, 2003) Edit
From WW2: A1365419 Early Days (Oct 17, 2003) Edit
From WW2: A1361981 The Beginning. (Oct 16, 2003) Edit
From WW2: A1361963 The beginning. (Oct 16, 2003) Edit
From WW2: A1324090 The sky was black with planes (Oct 7, 2003) Edit
From WW2: A1323721 Busy Wartime River Tees (Oct 7, 2003) Edit
From WW2: A1316288 A Night at the pictures (Oct 2, 2003) Edit
From WW2: A1300465 Flaming Balloons (Sep 23, 2003) Edit
From WW2: A1282358 My Mother the War Worker (Sep 14, 2003) Edit
From WW2: A1250506 My Father the Fire Watcher
From WW2: A1169525 Myself Frank Mee. (Sep 8, 2003) Edit
From WW2: A1169101 The Day War Broke Out - Sunday Lunch and Sirens, Middlesbrough (Sep 7, 2003) Edit

As we near ARCHIVE date (31/01/06) I remind friends that I will be using the following forums:
Second World War :http://2ndww.blogspot.com/
This new site has been created by the "Gang of Four", namely (in Alphabetical order) Tom Canning,Peter Ghiringhelli,Ron Goldstein and Frank Mee and will be operative from the 1st of February 2006.
The site will hopefully cater for all those who have been using the existing BBC site for serious discussion and research into WW2. Old and new friends welcome.
GOODBY WW2 Peoples War, it has been fun and I met a lot of interesting people with good stories to tell, I will miss it.
Good by Staff and those now long gone who became friends, I will miss them too.
Signing off Frank Mee.

Frank Mee Researcher 241911 added messages to the following stories

Brazilian Troops.
Brazilian Troops.
A cold day in Finland
Hitler Hated My Family
Hitler Hated My Family
Not a Bad War Foodwise
British Restarants
Not a Bad War Foodwise
Wartime Aerodrme
Family 1939
558 Coy RASC
A narrow escape.
Out break of war.
Shelter.
Shelter.
Shelter.
Post war rationing.
War Declared
What were you doing at 15
Memories of war
Whaleboats.
Whaleboats.
Whaleboats.
Mates
The Eleventh Hour.
What a web page
Fathers Pig
Army Examinations.
Whaleboats.
Whaleboats.
The beginning me too
Whaleboats.
Throw backs
School Dinners
Where have all my stories gone
Family friction
The Hood,
Kit bags.
Army Examinations.
Unwanted Kit.
Army Examinations.
Army Examinations.
Army Examinations.
How did I miss that.
Army Examinations.
Getting started.
Army Examinations.
Christmas worlds apart.
Modern Day Monty!
Modern Day Monty!
Christmas worlds apart.
Christmas 1944
Christmas 1944
Christmas worlds apart.
Christmas worlds apart.
Christmas 1944
Christmas 1944
'The Sky was Black with Planes' Frank Mee
Down to the bone,
Down to the bone
'The Sky was Black with Planes' Frank Mee
Front page story.
Children at war.
Taku
Children at war.
Down to the bone
Children at war.
The Hood,
Dornier 110?
Home fires.
The Hood,
The Hood,
Dornier 110?
The Hood,
Escape from St Valery.
Part of the true Dunkirk spirit.
The Hood,
The Hood,
Thousand Bomber Raids
Queenie's war.
Children at war.
Friend or enemy truck.
Queenie's war.
Taku
"D" Day.
Doing her bit.
The long journey home.
The long journey home.
Brass Monkey's.
The long journey home.
Doing her bit.
Crossed wires.
The long journey home.
The long journey home.
How do you tell them.
Music of any kind.
The long journey home.
Obscure Customs.
Proverbial Ostrich
78 Division in Egypt
78 Division in Egypt
78 Division in Egypt
Buried Alive
78 Division in Egypt
Obscure Customs.
78 Division in Egypt
A Moment in history.
The Dance Hall, Wartime Escape.
The Dance Hall, Wartime Escape.
What you missed
The Dance Hall, Wartime escape
What you missed
What you missed
What you missed
Straws in the Wind of change
What you missed
The Peoples War.
What you missed
Every one helped.
What you missed
The Dance Hall, Wartime escape
The Dance Hall, Wartime Escape.
Help from Poland.
Parachute mines.
Music raised our spirits.
Music of any kind.
Music of any kind.
78 Division in Egypt
Music of any kind.
Music of any kind.
Music of any kind.
Help from Poland.
Syphilis and the Italian Fleet
Oh I wish.
Syphilis and the Italian Fleet
Syphilis and the Italian Fleet
Syphilis and the Italian Fleet
Syphilis and the Italian Fleet
Syphilis and the Italian Fleet
Syphilis and the Italian Fleet
Syphilis and the Italian Fleet
Army Transport.
Army Transport.
A sweeping staement
Army Transport.
The long journey home.
Never Volunteer
The Magic of Christmas
The Hood,
The Hood,
The Hood,
stens
Every one helped.
Other liberators
Best story.
Liberation.
Evacuation.
Snow Queen.
Underhand I call it.
A real Joker.
A real Joker.
60th Anniversary of "D" Day.
Shared experience
Boring? never.
Boys War's
Other liberators
Compatriots.
Compatriots.
Breath of fresh air.
Compatriots.
Far East.
Breath of fresh air.
Forgotten Day.
The Reed Family saga.
The Reed Family saga.
Getting out of the Army
A letter to Daddy.
Pony's in the pit.
A letter to Daddy.
A letter to Daddy.
Memories,
They also served.
Itma (Its that man again)
Father's Diary.
Childhood hero.
The Day War broke out
You Never Forget.
You Never Forget.
Will we ever forget.
Will we ever forget.
Will we ever forget.
Joining the Colours.
Night Fighters,
Italians in Britain.
The Hood,
The Hood,
Collapsing beds
Collapsing beds
Collapsing beds
Christmasses past.
Christmasses past.
Collapsing beds
Christmasses past.
Christmasses past.
You did it again.
You did it again.
Christmasses past.
Alice Blue Gown.
Christmasses past.
Christmasses past.
Spam - did it save the country
Christmasses past.
Alice Blue Gown.
Collapsing beds
Collapsing beds
Christmasses past.
XV11 Roll of honour
Collapsing beds
Collapsing beds
Collapsing beds
New Years Day 1944, Snowed in at Carovilli
London to Brampton.
Glen Miller.
Something new.
Dad as a conchie
Dance
Dad as a conchie
Touching past and present.
Touching past and present.
Uaschwitz and the prince.
WW2 infantryman
WW2 Infantryman
World war two how it affected my grnadma
The Soundtrack to War
German POW in Scotland
German POW in Scotland
WW2 Project
WW2 Project
WW2 Project
Pony's in the pit.
Music in wartime
Music in wartime
Music in wartime
Music in wartime
PETER'S STORY
PETER'S STORY
In the London Blitz
Ice Cold but not in Alex
Internment camps Java
Ice Cold but not in Alex
Theday I should have died
Theday I should have died
Ice Cold but not in Alex
Ice Cold but not in Alex
Re=Gunner Burnard and the brigadier
New Years Day 1944, Snowed in at Carovilli
Strange things
Tiger Tank
D Day
The end of the war.
From here to there, number 3
From here to there, number 3
Trieste 1947
Music in wartime
Music in wartime
Troopship
Music in wartime
Troopship
Music in wartime
Music in wartime
Music in wartime
Music in wartime
Music in wartime
Music in wartime
Music in wartime
Music in wartime
Thank you
What a day that was
Mother what would we have done without her.
Troopship
Thank you
Thank you
Return to Cassino
I've been posted to a Battleship
The Hood,
Evacuee
Working in the war Pt 5
Budding Film Star
The end of the war
The end of the war
I was with you.
Budding Film Star
THE FORGOTTEN HEROES OF WORLD WAR 2
ORDERED TO KILL MY OWN FAMILY.
ORDERED TO KILL MY OWN FAMILY.
Dog fight
Derby' war effort
ORDERED TO KILL MY OWN FAMILY.
ORDERED TO KILL MY OWN FAMILY.
Don’t mention the reparations?
Don’t mention the reparations?
Frightening.
Chocolate
Childrens war.
Freedom of Speech - Mitcham
Last Chapter
Brave lad
Brave lad
The Eleventh Hour.
The Eleventh Hour.
The Eleventh Hour.
Dance
People I would like to meet
People I would like to meet
A Bride abroad
Did anyone know or care
Well done all Site Helpers
Well done all Site Helpers

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