I was born on August 8th 1939 in Port Isaac in Cornwall, just predating the declaration of war. I was not yet six when the war ended, from which my lasting memory is of the huge bonfire built on the beach at the head of the Port Isaac harbour. My wartime memories are skimpy I suppose on specifics but I do have a general impression of knowing that something momentous was going on. My father, Ernest William (Bill)Platt served throughout the war in the Royal Navy for an extended time in submarines and also on the cruiser HMS Jamaica. he was awarded the Africa Star and bar, the Atlantic Star, the Burma Star and the 1939-45 Star, plus the War and Defence Medals. My grandfather James (Jim) Aloysius Francis Creighton served in both the Merchant and Royal Navies almost continuously from about 1894 to about 1943 when he was invalided out after his ship was torpedoed and he spent several days in the water. he subsequently became a coast watcher along the North Cornish coast from Kellan Head to Tregarget, where at the time were spaced out 4 watchers huts (Kellan, Port Isaac, Bounds Cliff and Tregarget).
My principal memories were formed around the end of the war and the subsequent few years. Food was the main thing we thought about and the 2 articles I have posted on this BBC website reflect this.
I have written a book "East of Varley Head", published by Creighton Books, ISBN 90 807808 1 2 which contains some of my memories of life in Port Isaac at the time, and hope to publish another ("South Of Lobber Point" ISBN 90 807808 3 9) in November 2005.