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15 October 2014
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Audrey Lewis - WW2 Site Helper
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I came to this site because of interest in my own family history, and the experience of growing up during World War Two.
All my teenage life was spent during and after the war years when, 'Make do and Mend', 'Dig for Victory', Careless Talk Costs Lives', 'Come into the Factories'. - all these slogans were used and later the 'V for Victory' sign was adopted.
I remember Princess Elizabeth making her first broadcast to the nation in 1940 and mother with her first wartime cook book.
The average weekly spending on food was £1.14s1d, rent was 10s10d; clothes 9s 4d; fuel and light 6s 5d. I remember daily broadcasts on the wireless of German raids over London, shipping losses in the Atlantic and how many enemy aircraft had been shot down.
Though not understanding all the implications of war, the tensions of war never the less spread to the children. Rationing, shortages and daily air raids were all part of our upbringing. We had good times too, cinema and Hollywood films, theatre, dance halls, songs like 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy', 'White Cliffs of Dove' and 'Blues in the Night'.
Friends and neighbours have also trusted me to publish their stories for the BBC archives on this site. I count it an honour to record the sacrifices they made, the service they gave and the courage they showed to the world during World War Two.
I was born and brought up in Rotherham, South Yorkshire and served for two years after the war with the WRNS in Devonport Supply Department where I met my husband-to-be when he was doing his National Service with the Royal Navy. We were married in Kenya where we lived and worked for eight years.
I have two sons, three grandchildren and am a retired school teacher living with my husband in North Yorkshire.

Stories contributed by Audrey Lewis - WW2 Site Helper

Our Bit for the War effort: Neighbourhood Concerts in Rotherhamicon for Story with photo
Growing Up in War time: In Rotherham Part 1icon for Story with photo
Bombings Over Bristolicon for Story with photo
Singing and Dancing for the Red Cross icon for Recommended story
Fairy Lights and Mickey Mouse
Aunt Joyce Worked in a Factoryicon for Story with photo
Russian and Malta Convoys Part 1icon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
Posted To North Africa
Ron's War in Europe - D Day Plus
Ron's War in Europe: D+5icon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
Just 48 Hours to Get Marriedicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
Russian and Malta Convoy Part 2icon for Story with photo
Liverpool 1940: Onboard HMS Wellesley
Ron's War in Europe: D+5
Ron's War in Europe: D + 5icon for Story with photo
A Naval Post Horn Gallopicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
Prisoner of War Camp Water Tower UKicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
George Remembers Some of the Prisoners of War UKicon for Story with photo
A Prisoner of War Camp on our Doorstepicon for Story with photo
Sandhill Farm and the Prisoners of Waricon for Story with photo
Came the Houricon for Story with photo
War Work for the GPOicon for Story with photo
A Letter to my Daddy on VE Dayicon for Story with photo
A Teenager in Rotherham (Part 2)icon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
Dressed like Deannaicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
Starry Eyed in 1945icon for Story with photo
Viennese Friendshipsicon for Story with photo
Unsung Heroesicon for Story with photo
'Came the Hour' part 2icon for Story with photo
An Infant in Wartime
VE Day Frampton Cotterellicon for Story with photo
VE Day Coalpit Heath, Near Bristolicon for Story with photo
VE Day Winterbourneicon for Story with photo
Vera's Journey to Slavery (Part One)icon for Story with photo
Vera's Journey to Slavery (Part two)
After the War 1946-1958icon for Story with photo
HMS Belfast 60 Years On
Precious Atlantic Cargo
The von Thadden Family in Pomerania (part one)icon for Story with photo
The von Thadden Family in Pomerania (part two)icon for Story with photo
The von Thadden Family in Pomerania (part three)icon for Story with photo
The von Thadden Family in Pomerania (part four)icon for Story with photo
The von Thadden Family in Pomerania (part five)icon for Story with photo
The von Thadden Family in Pomerania (part six)icon for Story with photo
The von-Thadden Family in Pomerania (part seven)icon for Story with photo
The von-Thadden Family in Pomerania (part eight)icon for Story with photo
The von Thadden Family in Pomerania (part nine)icon for Story with photo
The von Thadden Family in Pomerania (part ten)icon for Story with photo

Audrey Lewis - WW2 Site Helper added messages to the following stories

Children in the WW2
Growing up in war time
Our families War
Growing up in war time
My War
Growing up in the War
HMS Nigeria
Growing up in war time
Growing up in war time
A Child's view of the War
A2101050 - Russian and Malta Convoys
HMS Nigeria
My Mum was a POW
My lost Brother
HMS Nigeria
HMS Nigeria
HMS Nigeria
Russian and Malta Convoys
HMS Nigeria
A2270404 - Ron's War in Europe - D Day Plus
Ron's War in Europe - D Day Plus
Ron's War in Europe - D Day Plus 5
HMS Nigeria
HMS Nigeria
HMS Nigeria
Ron's War in Europe - D Day Plus 5
Memories of a war time school boy
Collaborative Humour
replytostory
Russaian and Malta Convoys
Granny and her gas mask
Life in Wartime Austria
A2301418 - A Wedding in War Time
Every one helped.
Sheila's Childhood memories of War
Every one helped.
Second World War Memories - in the WRNS
Hans Andersen's Shelter
Entertainments & Wartime Christmas
Pre-Embarkation Training
My Mothers War
Wartime Shelters
Fish and Chips
Grandma Green
Joan Harris's Story
Nancy's Story
My life story
Margaret and Jean's War Memories
My Dad was an A.R.P. Warden
Memories of V.J.Days
Childhood memories
Wartime School Days in Newcastle upon Tyne
Bristol at War
Uncertain Memory 6 Home
Airfields and Americans
War time in Hospital
Crocodile Bags
William (Bill) Gower
Martha Evans
Visit of George Fornby
Village life as an Evacuee
Early Sigs of V.E.Day
ATS Reminiscences
Meeting Lizzy
Cape Town to the UK in 1943
Strafed by ME109
Night Guard
Spitfire
In the WRNS with Laura Ashley
WW2 Anecdotes
Eggs and Bacon in Padstow
Black Market Chicken
London October 3rd., 1940
London October 3rd., 1940
Mrs Saunders and Me
Long Way from Burma
What's in a Name
Plymouth Blitz 1941
A letter to Daddy.
A Village in Wartime
Evacuation Memories
My War Memories
Offally Nice
Sad Memories
Evacuee's Story
Land Girl
A Salvation Army Recruit Remembers
Bombing Raid in North Hull
Every one did their bit
My School in Wartime
POWs on the Farm
At Trimley During the War
Tony's War
My Life in the Royal Navy
On Minesweeping Patrol
The Uncle I never got to know
The Blitz - an eight-year-old's view
My Grandfather
A Night at the Pictures
My Grandmother and the War
Evacuation Story
A Young Supply Teacher in Wartime
Alice Blue Gown.
D Day Preparations by Canadian Army
Fun shore
A Child during the War
Recollections of a nurse during WW2
A Romance that nearly went with a BANG'
Headless Chickens
Memories of ny life in WW2
The day I was Biggles
Viennese friendships
A Teenager in London
Training to be a wrns wireless telegraphist
The Royal Navy Commandos
Dance
Grandma and the Sergeant Major
Dad as a conchie
The Elswick Hopper Motor Cycle and Motor Company
Evacuated and Home Again
Prisoner of War
Doodle Bug over St. Paul's
North Atlantic Convoy PQ17
Family Life in Coventry
World War 2 how it affected my Grandma
Two Sisters Reminisce
A Child's perpestives on the Hallicaust, and the Germans as Human'
My Mother's Shop
Evacuation from Leeds to Driffield
Wartime Memories
Val
Jacky's Story
Role Reversal in Civvy Street
Teenagers in Wartime Belfast
Working in the Shipping Yard
Malta Convoy
Cheated out of Sweets
Irene's Story
Harry Tenny and friends F/S RAF
Life in the Wrens
A Court Summons
Women at War
Betty's Little Book
The Comradeship was what won the war for us.
Trieste 1947
Women working long hours in Engineering
School Trip
Occupation of Guernsey
Good, Wholesome meals
Dad's Recollections of the Doodlebug
Shadow Factory Cameraderie and the EVT Washing Machine
St. Johns Ambulance
A little boy's memories of WW2
Wartime Brighton
The Earl and the Secretary
Uniforms with a Difference
The Day my Dad came Home!
Memories of Evacuation
Worcestershire welcomes Clacton Children
Memories of VE Day
My Dad's Army
Troopship
Bombing of Falmouth Methodist Church
Reminiscencies
The Plymouth Blitz and purple sided boots
Wash Churchill's dishes - I don't even wash my mother's
A Short marriage
The Army take over at Manor Farm in Yorkshire
Navy Life
Child Gas Masks
A Toddlers Tale
How to prevent a chicken courtship
Beware of Pipe Glow
Betty Davis - My Memories of WW2
Budding Film Star
Taking Shelter
Hop Picking
Playing to the Audience
The Shelter
Memories of life in the Navy
WW2 School Days
The WRNS at War
Mother's shoes
At the Fall of Singapore (1)
Did it do us harm
A Child in Surrey during the War
Memories from Coventry
Working in a cardboard factory
Strict Parents
The Three Angels of Wharfdale
Prisoner of War
Nursing in the war
Avoiding Mines on Boulogne Beach
The Bombing of Parnall's Aircraft Factory of Yate
Away from home to Barnsley
Early Memories WW2
My Teenage Years in Wartime
My family's travels during ww2
My Navy Days
The Crock Doll called Molly
My War Wound
Return to Guernsey
One day in 1940
Childhood memories of the war
The Bombings of Plymouth
Diary of an 8 year old
Spitfire Collision
Wartime Wedding
Pre-school memories
Operation Dresden
Wren at Sea
Our Blitz Story
Bevin Boys
Periods of Service Overseas
Living in Luton
Landing fee Sixpence
Anti-Radar Christmas Decorations
How to stay married in War Time.
Excerpts From Log Book
Ultra Secret Service
Memories of an Evacuee

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