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Stories categorised in 'Bradford and West Yorkshire'. These stories may contain references to other themes.

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Doodlebug Days in Wimbledonicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo

Those pilotless V1 flying bombs, Buzzbombs, or Doodlebugs as they were known to us, were terror weapons...

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In November we got orders to prepare to move, and one evening were transported to Famagusta again, leaving...

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Dresses and coats cost 25 coupons each, costumes the same, shoes 20, blouse, shirts and jumpers 18,...

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The army had taken over the lovely country house, Nostell Priory near Wakefield,and before that at another...

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After six weeks basic infantry training by the KOYLI near York, we were transferred to an empty woollen...

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At the time of the surrender of the Japanese a party of Girl Guides from Wakefield, under the leadership of...

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Kenneth's first voyage in 1940 was on the Mary Kingsley, an old ship, and because it had been heavily...

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I remember that Mam came to the classroom door to say ‘goodbye’ and my seven year old brother,...

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Upon arrival in London, children were taken off to different homes, but not Hans and Elisabeth. Elisabeth...

EVACUATION FROM LEEDS 1ST SEPT. 1939. CHAPTERS 5 & 6 & 7

On that first Saturday evening, Aunt Lil, along with Mrs Elam and also Mrs XXXXX took us to the cinema to...

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It was after a particularly bad day decoying wood pigeons that I decided I wanted a twelve bore and...

Memories of a Young Schoolboy

I was born in 1936, the youngest of four children, in the City of Wakefield, and my earliest memory of the...

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