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Welcome to the Bedford Museum People's War Page. We were awarded a grant from the HLF to collect World War 2 stories from as wide a selection of people as possible. After a series of outreach events, and by following up contacts we have recorded over 225 stories of which 50 are 'in depth'. These stories are from a range of people: children in the war, men and women in the Forces, workers in civilian services and evacuees and refugees.
As part of the project we have taken in almost 1,200 items: artefacts, photographs and documents, for recording or adding to museum collections.
We also held a WW2 Exhibition in August and September 2005.
We would still like to borrow photographs to scan on to the Memory Bank in the museum and would welcome WW2 memorabilia to be used in future displays.
We shall be holding a WW2 Day at the museum on Saturday 17th June 2006.
We are located in Castle Lane, Bedford. If you cannot get to us, phone Ann Hagen on 01234-353323 for details.
Thank you to all who gave their stories, and to volunteers who helped record them.

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Stories contributed by bedfordmuseum

Food Shortages in Grenada
W. H. Allen's - WW2
Role Reversal
Out of the Bag in Drag
Role Reversal in Civvy life
Living in Belgium during WW2 Occupation
School and Work in Bedford During the War
In the RAF and De-mob
An Evacuee at School in Bedford
War Time in South Woodham Ferrers
War-Time Memories of Biddenham, Bedfordshireicon for Recommended story
School Girl in Persia
Canadian Adventure
Further Wartime Memories of Biddenham, Bedfordshire
Forever Youngicon for Story with photo
Some Christmas's Remembered - 1942, 43, 44 and 45
Joining the D.E.M.S.icon for Story with photo
Thoughts on Wootton (Beds.) at War
1st 1000 Bomber Raid on Cologne
Squadron Mascots
Flying Horses?
The Continent, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East
I Remember (poem)
The End of Lancaster 'N' for Nuts - 30th August 1943 - Part One
The end of Lancaster 'N' for Nuts - 30th August 1943 - Part Two
Getting home from Bombay via Lydda and Tripoli
Volunteering to go abroad and to join Combined Operations
Combined Ops Training
Combined Ops Training
Holidays during World War II
Operation Josephine - a successful SOE operation carried out under Major Clarke
Aniseed Balls and the Limpet Mineicon for Recommended story
Secret Station 17 - Special Operations - Sabotage
War Time 1939-45
A Young German Prisoner of War
Welfare Worker with Evacuees
Many Memories
Wartime in Queen's Park, Bedford
Childhood in Hampstead, London
War time experiences in Queen's Park, Bedford
Growing up during WW11
Wartime memories of Kempston, Bedford
A child in wartime Letchworth
Life in Bedford
My story of the war living in Gosport
Domestic life 1939-1946
An Airman in South East Asia Command Part Oneicon for Story with photo
An Airman in South East Asia Command Part Two
An Airman in South East Asia Command Part Threeicon for Story with photo
The Life of a Conscripted Airman: Part Oneicon for Recommended story
The Life of a Conscripted Airman: Part Two
The Life of a Conscripted Airman Part Three
Junkers 88 crash at Colmworth, Bedfordshire
A Wartime Remembrance
On the beach at Dunkirk
Five years in the RAF
Bedford during the war
Memories of the 1940s in Great Dunmow Part One
Memories of the 1940s in Great Dunmow Part Two
Two brothers escape bombing raid in Greenford Broadway
Bevin Boyicon for Story with photo
Evacuee to Renhold, Bedfordshire
BBC musician billeted in Kempston
T.A. Duties 1939
1940: Catterick O.C.T.U. & 58th Field Regiment R.A.
'Grenade' attack
Further Training in India - Combined Operations Bombardment Unit
Memories of an Artillery Gunner Part One - From enlisting in the TA to Dunkirk
Memories of an Artillery Gunner Part One - From enlisting in the TA to Dunkirk
Memories of an Artillery Gunner Part Two - Dunkirk, Wales and Coastal Battery 358
Memories of an Artillery Gunner Part Three - From Coastal Battery to Indiaicon for Story with photo
Memories of an Artillery Gunner Part Four - From India to Sumatra
Memories of an Officer's Batman Part One - From reserved occupation to Officer's Batman
Memories of an Officer's Batman Part Two - Batman for Officers of Beds. & Herts. Regiment
Memories of a young boy living in Bolnhurst, Bedfordshire Part One
Memories of a young boy living in Bolnhurst, Bedfordshire Part Two
Wartime memories of living in Maulden, Bedfordshire Part One
Wartime memories of living in Maulden, Bedfordshire Part Two
A WAAFs wartime memories Part One - Bomber Command then commissioned to Code & Cypher Training College and onto Coastal Command
A WAAFs wartime memories Part Two - Air Ministry onto the Cabinet Office and Special Duties. One of the WAAFs to attend the Yalta Conference.
A WAAFs wartime memories Part Three - Life in London whilst working at the Cabinet Office
An Infantryman's memories Part One - Wartime memories of Bedford
An Infantryman's memories Part Two - Enlisting in the Infantry - late 1944 - 'Rhine' Landings late March 1945 and onto the Elbe and Weser.
An Infantryman's memories Part Three - Capture of Luneberg airfield and return to UK and a posting to Palestine.
Wartime memories of Luton and Maulden Part Oneicon for Story with photo
Wartime memories of Luton and Maulden Part Twoicon for Story with photo
A schoolboy's wartime memories of Nevendon, Essex Part Oneicon for Story with photo
A schoolboy's wartime memories of Nevendon, Essex Part Two
Memories of Captain Harry Rawkins Part One - 70th Battalion Beds. & Herts. in the Shetlandsicon for Story with photo
Memories of Captain Harry Rawkins Part Two - 2nd Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment in Europe 1944 and the Liberation of Ootmarsuicon for Story with photo
Memories of working in a reserved occupation Part One - Working at W. H. Allen's, Bedford
Memories of working in a Reserved Occupation Part Two - 'Home Front' in Queen's Park, Bedford
Memories of a C.W. Candidate Part One - North Atlantic Convoys and life aboard H.M.S. Somaliicon for Story with photo
Memories of a C.W. Candidate Part Two - North Atlantic Convoy P.Q.17 and Convoy Operation Pedestory 10-13th August 1942 to supply Malta
Memories of a C.W. Candidate Part Three - P.Q.18/Q.P.18 and the loss of H.M.S. Somali
Memories of a C.W. Candidate Part Four - A Commission to First Lieutenant. Mine Sweeping on Filla and Gulland in the Mediterraneicon for Story with photo
Wartime memories of Ampthill Part One - evacuees and leaving school. Starting work at Elstow Ordnance Factory.icon for Story with photo
Wartime memories of Ampthill Part Two - Working in the offices of Elstow Ordnance Factory
Wartime memories of Ampthill Part Three - The 'Home Front' in Ampthill
Memories of an Italian Naval Signalman Part One - Enlisting in 1937 and at war with the Allies 10th June 1940icon for Recommended story
Memories of an Italian Naval Signalman Part Two - The North Cape of Crete and the sinking of the Colleoniicon for Recommended story
Memories of an Italian Naval Signalman Part Three - The loss of the Colleoni and rescue by a British ship. Shipped to Alexandriicon for Recommended story
Memories of an Italian Naval Signalman Part Four - From POW Camp at Geneiffa, Egypt to a POW Camp at Poona, Indiaicon for Recommended story
Memories of an Italian Naval Signalman Part Five - From Poona to POW Camp at Ramghar, Indiaicon for Recommended story
Memories of an Italian Naval Signalman Part Six - From Ramghar to POW Camp26/3 at Pathankot, Kangra Vallery, near Kashmir. Ontoicon for Recommended story
Memories of an Italian Naval Signalman Part Seven - Arrival in Scotland in June 1944. On to Sheffield and Bulford Camp. Workingicon for Recommended story
Memories of an Italian Naval Signalman Part Eight - Repatriation to Italy in April 1946. Return to Westoning, Bedfordshire in licon for Recommended story
A child in the war years
Parachute training at R.A.F. Chaklala
Memories of a Sapper, Royal Engineers Part One - TA call-up 1st September 1939 - 248th Field Company, Bedford. Posted to Iraq in 1941.
Memories of a Sapper, Royal Engineers Part Two - From Iraq to Egypt (posted to the 50th Northumbrian Division) and Operation Husky, the Invasion of Sicily 10th July 1943.
Memories of a Sapper, Royal Engineers Part Three - From Bone, Algeria as reinforcement for the 56th Black Cat, London Division a
Memories of a Sapper, Royal Engineers Part Four - From Marseille to Timmendorfer Strand on the Baltic, part of the Occupying Foricon for Story with photo
Memories of D-Day
An unexpected encounter
Combined Operations - Ramree Island 1945
Burma Landings (cont.) Leptan Combined Operations
The landing at Rangoon: code name Dracula
Rangoon 1945
Wartime memories of my childhood in Bedford Part 1 - Schooldays at Training College School and Bedford Modern School. My involv
Wartime memories of my childhood in Bedford Part 2 - Schooldays at Bedford Modern School and holidays.
Wartime memories of my childhood in Bedford Part 3 - My father's (Major C V Clarke) invention of a trench digging machine and th
Wartime memories of my childhood in Bedford Part 4 - Sabotage work of Major C V Clarke, 'Operation Josephine' raid on Pessac Pow
My wartime memories of Bedford as a schoolboy Part 1 - Outbreak of war and going up to Bedford Modern School.
My Wartime Memories of Bedford as a Schoolboy Part 2 - Bedford Modern School in wartime
My Wartime Memories of Bedford as a Schoolboy Part 3 - The 'Home Front'
My Wartime Memories of Bedford as a Schoolboy Part 4 - The 'Home Front' and the evacuation of the BBC Symphony Orchestra to Bedf
Wartime memories of Preston near Hitchin Part One - Evacuees at school in Preston and later at the Hitchin Girls Grammar School
Wartime memories of Preston near Hitchin Part Two - The 'Home Front'
Wartime memories of Preston near Hitchin Part Three - The 'Home Front' continued.
Childhood wartime memories of living in Queen's Park, Bedford Part One - Local Civil Defence. The Americans in Bedford. Memories of two bombing incidents.
Childhood wartime memories of living in Queen's Park, Bedford Part Two - Rationing and 'Making Do'.
Childhood wartime memories of living in Queen's Park, Bedford Part Three - 'Making Do' and the impact of war. The end of the war and post war food shortages.
Wartime memories of Mitcham, London - The 'Battle of Britain' and family evacuation to Lancashire.
Wartime memories of Failsworth and Blackburn - evacuated from London to Lancashire.
Wartime memories of Mitcham, London - The 'Battle of Britain' and family evacuation to Lancashire.
School Days at War
Mostly Muck and Misery
My Life- War years
My Life- War years
Dunkirk, General De Gaulle and The Duchess of Kent
Memories of WWII.
Boyhood wartime memories of the 'Black Tom' area of Bedford
Wartime memories of Waltham Abbey, Essex
Wartime memories of a Policeman in Bedford Part One - Policing in Bedford 1939-1942
Wartime memories of a Policeman in Bedford Part Two - Call-up into the Royal Artillery and posting to Cairo. Return to Policing in Bedford.
Wartime memories of an evacuated teacher Part One - From Islington to Bedford
Wartime memories of an evacuated teacher Part Two - Life in Bedford
What Grandma Remembers (part one)
Schoolboy wartime memories of Chalton, Bedfordshire Part One - Evacuees at school, the local Civil Defence and the construction of Tempsford airfield.
Schoolboy wartime memories of Chalton, Bedfordshire Part Two - Air activity in the vicinity. Member of the Army cadets and later the ATC, 134 Squadron, Bedford. Dances held at Cardington RAF Base.
Schoolboy wartime memories of Chalton, Bedfordshire Part Three - Family members in the Forces. Decoy airfield for Tempsford airfield. Working at RAF Cardington. VE Day celebrations.
Growing up in wartime Colmworth, Bedfordshire Part One - A schoolboys memories of the 'Home Front' and working on the land.
Growing up in wartime Colmworth, Bedfordshire Part Two - Surrounded by airfields and aircraft. Little Staughton and Pathfinders Group No.8.
Growing up in wartime Colmworth, Bedfordshire Part Three - A schoolboys memories of entertainments laid on by the Italian POWs. Celebrating VE Day.
A Flying Nightingale
On the beach At Dunkirk
An Evacuee
Thanks for those volunteers not in uniformicon for Story with photo
On board the T.S.S. Tamaroa - sunk with no survivors in early 1941.
Schooldays and apprenticeship at WHA Robertson (reserved occupation)
Incendiary bombs and sandbags
Broad Green, Liverpool
The bombing on s.e. London
Working for my father, Mr. Gazeley, a farmer in Westoning during wartime. Post-war marriage to an Italian ex-POW.icon for Story with photo
Fleeing from Czechoslovakia to Britain in Spring 1939 - Part One - Family pressure to leave Prague. Arrival in Maida Vale.icon for Recommended story
Fleeing from Czechoslovakia to Britain in Spring 1939 - Part Two - Dr. Mandler was appointed to Kettering Hospital.
Wartime memories of an Able Seaman - Part One - Enlisting in the Navy. Posted to HMS Bulldog engaged in English Channel Invasionicon for Story with photo
Wartime memories of an Able Seaman - Part Two - 'North Atlantic Convoys' on HMS Bulldog. Capture of U boat U.110 on 9th May 1941icon for Story with photo
Wartime memories of an Able Seaman - Part Three - Member of a special party posted to HMS Hasbrudal, North Africa in 1942. Postiicon for Story with photo
Some random memories of wartime Bedford - Part One - The Owen's School boys settle into Bedford.icon for Story with photo
Some random memories of wartime Bedford - Part Two - My billet parents.icon for Story with photo
An evacuee's memories of life in wartime Bedford - Part One - The build up to war in Islington. Evacuation from Islington with the Owen School to Bedford.
An evacuee's memories of life in wartime Bedford - Part Two - The freedom of living in Bedford.
An evacuee's memories of life in wartime Bedford - Part Three - Life in Bedford and London. Celebrating VE Day in Bedford.
Wartime memories of the Royal Norfolks - Part One
Wartime memories of the Royal Norfolks - Part Two
Wartime memories of Silvertown, London and evacuation to Rushden, Northants.
A member of the 'Variety Follies' working for the Entertainment National Service Association (ENSA) 1943-1945
Wartime work experiences in London
Wartime memories of Matlock, Derbyshire and joining the NAAFIicon for Story with photo
Wartime memories of Yardley Hastings
Wartime memories of Leicester
Working in London and a wartime wedding
Schoolgirl wartime memories of Turvey, Bedfordshire
A young wife and mother in the East End of London
Childhood wartime memories of Bedford
Wartime memories of Bedford
Evacuated from Liverpool
Wartime memories of Turvey, Bedfordshire
Evacuation to Little Bytham, Lincs.
Boyhood wartime memories of Turvey and Harrold Priory School
The Beginning of the End - Part Oneicon for Story with photo
The Beginning of the End - Part Two
The Beginning of the End - Part Three
The Beginning of the End - Part Four
The Beginning of the End - Part Five
Wartime memories of Bedford and Turvey
Mr Ruff's Wartime Memories
Mr Thurston's Wartime Memories (Thurston Funfairs)
One child's war part one 1939-40
One child's war part two 1941-44
One child's war part 3 1944-45
A woman engineer making parts for tanks
A wartime childhood
No.8 PFF Group - Mr. Howard Lees Photographic Officericon for Story with photo
No.8 PFF Group - Air Commodore Gerry Bennington
No.8 PFF Group - Mr. Edward 'Ted' Stocker DSO
692 Squadron, Light Night Striking Force - Mr. Harry Hughes
No. 8 PFF Group - Mr. Roy Pengilley
No. 8 PFF Group - Mr. George Hall
No. 8 PFF Group - Marking a targeticon for Story with photo
A Schoolboy at War
A Schoolboy at War Part 2
A pilot's tribute to aircraft fitters
Daniels' shadow factory in Coventry
In the Royal Observer Corps
Childhood during the war
Landing Fee Sixpence; Tiger Moth Training
A TEENAGE ARP MESSENGER
A nurse in Leicester durring the war
Wartime in Barnsley
From Grimethorpe to North Africa, Italy and Franceicon for Story with photo
Schoolboy in Wallasey Part Two
Schoolboy in Wallasey Part One
Married life in WW2
Part One - Under cover in WW2icon for Story with photo
Part Two - Under cover in WW2
Living and working in London during WW2 - Part One
Living and Working in London during WW2 - Part Two
A schoolboy, then joining the Merchant Navy
Naval Service
Rat in the hammock
Working in Kempston and Bedfore before enlisting in the Navy D.E.M.S. - Part Oneicon for Story with photo
Working in Kempston and Bedford before enlisting the Navy D.E.M.S. - Part Two
Working in Kempston and Bedford before enlisting in the Navy D.E.M.S. - Part Threeicon for Story with photo
LAC Stevens's memories of the Far East - Part Twoicon for Story with photo
LAC Stevens's memories of the Far East - Part Oneicon for Story with photo
Working on the Thailand railway - Part Oneicon for Story with photo
Working on the Thailand railway - Part Twoicon for Story with photo
From Port Talbort to the Cocos Keeling Islands - Part Threeicon for Story with photo
From Port Talbot to the Cocos Keeling Islands - Part Twoicon for Story with photo
From Port Talbot to the Cocos Keeling Islands - Part Oneicon for Story with photo
Memories of a 2nd Lieutenant captured in Tunisia and life as a P.O.W. - Part Two
Memories of a 2nd Lieutenant captured in Tunisia and life as a P.O.W. - Part One
Teacher Training and teaching in Cambridge during the war years
Adventures of a Far East Prisoner of War - Part Oneicon for Story with photo
Adventures of a Far East Prisoner of War - Part Twoicon for Story with photo
Adventures of a Far East Prisoner of War - Part Threeicon for Story with photo
Wartime schooldays in Pinner, North London - Part Oneicon for Story with photo
Wartime schooldays in Pinner, North London - Part Two
Wartime schooldays in Pinner, North London - Part Three
Wartime experiences in the Royal Navy - Part Oneicon for Story with photo
Wartime experiences in the Royal Navy - Part Twoicon for Story with photo
Wartime experiences in the RAFicon for Story with photo
Claude's wartime memories - Part One
Claude's wartime memories - Part Two
My war years in Bedford and the Navy - Part Oneicon for Story with photo
My war years in Bedford and the Navy - Part Twoicon for Story with photo
My war years in Bedford and the Navy - Part Threeicon for Story with photo
'What did you do in the War?' 'I sucked aniseed balls.'!
Wartime memories of an aeroplane enthusiast living in Bedford - Part Oneicon for Story with photo
Wartime memories of an aeroplane enthusiast living in Bedford - Part Twoicon for Story with photo
Wartime memories of an aeroplane enthusiast living in Bedford - Part Threeicon for Story with photo
Wartime memories of an aeroplane enthusiast living in Bedford - Part Four
One small suitcase - Part Oneicon for Story with photo
One small suitcase - Part Twoicon for Story with photo
One small suitcase - Part Threeicon for Story with photo
One small suitcase - Part Fouricon for Story with photo
One small suitcase - Part Fiveicon for Story with photo
One small suitcase - Part Sixicon for Story with photo
Wartime memories of a young E.R.A. - Part Four
Wartime memories of a young E.R.A. - Part Three
Wartime memories of a young E.R.A. - Part Two
Wartime memories of a young E.R.A. - Part One
A wartime childhood - recollections of John Payne - Part Three
A wartime childhood - recollections of John Payne - Part Two
A wartime childhood - recollections of John Payne - Part One
A wartime boyhood in Bedfordicon for Story with photo
Bedford Market in Wartime
Permission to marry refused by Pope Pius XIIthicon for Story with photo
A Bedfordshire Bomb Aimer - Part One
A Bedfordshire Bomb Aimer - Part Two

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